antonomasia antonomasia
 an-to-no-ma'-si-a from anti “instead” and onomazein “to name”
pronominatio, pronominacio
change of name, the surnamer

Substituting a descriptive phrase for a proper name, or substituting a proper name for a quality associated with it. (=periphrasis)
You must pray to heaven's guardian for relief.

He proved a Judas to the cause.

Multum Ciceronis est in hac epistola. There is much of Cicero in this letter [Here, what is meant is that there is much eloquence in the letter]

Related Figures

Related Topics of Invention

See Also

  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.31.42 ("pronominatio"); Quintilian 8.6.29-30; Trebizond 60v ('pronominatio"); Vives, 98; Susenbrotus (1540) 9-10; Sherry (1550) 44 ("antonomasia," "pronominacio"); Wilson (1560) 201 ("change of name"); Peacham (1577) C3v; Putt. (1589) 192 ("antonomasia," "the surnamer"); Day 1599 79

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
Please cite "Silva Rhetoricae" (

Trees | SILVA RHETORICAE | Flowers