Figure Name metallage
Source Bullinger (1898) ("metallage; or, a changing over")
Earliest Source
Synonyms a changing over, suppositio, materialis
Etymology Gr. from meta "beyond" or "across allagee "a change, exchange" from allasso hence metallage "a taking over in exchange"
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

Rhetfig: When a word or phrase is treated as an object in a discourse.

1. A different subject of thought substituted for the original subject... In this figure the word taken over is exchanged for a separate object of though. //(Bullinger, 682)//


Rhetfig: "Whenever I see you, all you give me is a bucketful of 'I'm almost done'.

1. Hos. 4:18. -"Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, 'Give ye.'" //(Bullinger, 682)//

Kind Of Substitution
Part Of
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Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Robert Clapperton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
Reviewed No