synaesthesia (literary)
Definition - The use of one sense to convey the experience of another sense.

Example -
His loud necktie had caused the heavy silence.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek syn, together + aisthe, to feel.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in this sense is from 1901:
"The second class of metaphors which ought to receive an exhaustive treatment is the transfer of terms from one sense sphere to the other. These … are illustrated by phrases like ‘a sharp tone’, ‘loud colors’.… The phenomenon of synaesthesia has received rather full treatment at the hand of the psychologists, but its reflection on language has not yet received adequate treatment by lexicographers."
(H. Oertel Lecture Study of Lang. v. 327)



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