Figure Name ampliatio
Source Bullinger 689, 914; Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Synonyms adjournment, an old name for a new thing
Etymology from Lat. amplio, "to extend"
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

Using the name of something or someone before it has obtained that name or after the reason for that name has ceased.


Even after the man was healed from his ailment by Jesus, he was still referred to as "Simon the leper."

Kind Of Identity
Part Of epitheton
Related Figures epitheton, prolepsis, figures of time
Notes Do you think this is a part of epitheton? Also I think you see ampliatio when people retire: i.e., American Presidents remain "President X" for life, retired doctors are still Dr. X."
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashwini Namasivayam
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes Please add related figures as they appear in SR. It is important that all related figures be listed in the Related Figures field for future search functionality. WRT the relationship to ampliatio - I don't know. The definition for this term says "after the reason for that name has ceased", which I'm not sure applies to titles like Doctor. I always heard presidents referred to as "former President so-and-so".
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