- a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special, as in ten sail for ten ships or a Croesus for a rich man.
Origin of synecdoche
Examples from the Web for synecdoche
They became a synecdoche for the woman herself: conservative, intimidating, feminine.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
Reddit is a synecdoche for the Internet: a set of tools for sharing and organizing content.Why Gawker Should Lose Its War With Reddit
October 18, 2012
Sex appeal,” Levy writes, “has become a synecdoche of all appeal.Good Girls Are Back
August 9, 2009
After Synecdoche, it will be impossible not to take notice of her talent.The Girl Effect
October 9, 2008
Qm is one of the positions in a Namz and is here used by synecdoche for it.The Faith of Islam
Whether it be synecdoche, metaphor, or metonymy, there is still a figure.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Metalepsis carries us so far, but synecdoche must supplement it.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
I did send for you to draw me a device, an Imprezza, by Synecdoche a Mott.The Works of John Marston
And apparently various causes might produce this Synecdoche.
- a figure of speech in which a part is substituted for a whole or a whole for a part, as in 50 head of cattle for 50 cows, or the army for a soldier
Word Origin and History for synecdoche
late 14c., "part for whole or vice versa," from Medieval 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" (see syn-) + ek "out" (see ex-) + dekhesthai "to receive," related to dokein "seem good" (see decent). Figure in which an attribute or adjunct is substituted for the thing meant ("head" for "cattle," etc.).