figures of substitution
figures of speech
groupings index

These figures describe various sorts of substitution that are possible. See also Substitution as one of the Four Categories of Change.
  • acoloutha
    The substitution of reciprocal words
  • anacoloutha
    Substituting one word with another whose meaning is very close to the original, but in a non-reciprocal fashion
  • acyrologia
    Substituting for correct terms words that sound affectedly learned.
  • anthimeria
    Substitution of one part of speech for another.
  • antiptosis
    The substitution of one grammatical case for another.
  • antonomasia
    Substituting a descriptive phrase for a proper name, or substituting a proper name for a quality associated with it.
  • enallage
    Substituting a grammatically different but semantically equivalent construction.
  • euphemismus
    Substituting a more acceptable for a less acceptable term.
  • metalepsis
    A metonymical substitution of one word for another which is itself figurative
  • periphrasis
    Substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name or of a proper name for a quality associated with the name.
  • synonymia
    Substituting many different synonymous words or expressions for an original.

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