metonymy metonymia
 me-ton'-y-my from meta, "change" and onoma, "name"
Also sp. metonimia
denominatio, transmutatio, transnominatio
the misnamer, change of noun or name, transmutation of a word

Reference to something or someone by naming one of its attributes.
  The pen is mightier than the sword
The pen is an attribute of thoughts that are written with a pen; the sword is an attribute of military action

We await word from the crown.

I'm told he's gone so far as to giver her a diamond ring

The IRS is auditing me? Great. All I need is a couple of suits arriving at my door.

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  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.32.43 ("denominatio"); Quintilian 8.6.23-27; Susenbrotus (1540) 8-9 ("metonymia," "transnominatio"; Wilson (1560) 200 ("Transmutation of a Word"); Fraunce (1588) 1.2-5; Putt. (1589) 191 ("metonimia," "the misnamer"); Day 1599 78 ("metonymia," "transnominatio"); Hoskins 1599 10 ("metonymia")

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