Tuesday, October 21, 2008
synecdoche noun [si-NEK-duh-kee] a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole or whole for a part or general for the special or vice versa
Definitions for synecdoche
- a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole or whole for a part or general for the special or vice versa
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Citations for synecdoche
Photographers had to resort to visual synecdoche, hoping that a small part of the scene -- a wailing child, an emaciated mother, a pile of corpses in a freshly dug trench -- would suggest the horrors of the whole.
We're using the part-for-whole type of synecdoche, for instance, when we describe a smart person as a "brain."
Origin of synecdoche
By 1388, from Middle Latin synodoche, from Late Latin synecdoche, from Greek synekdokhe, literally "a receiving together or jointly," from synekdekhesthai "supply a thought or word, take with something else," from syn- "with" + ek "out" + dekhesthai "to receive," related to dokein "seem good".