synecdoche

[ si-nek-duh-kee ]
/ sɪˈnɛk də ki /

noun Rhetoric.

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.

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Origin of synecdoche

1350–1400; <Medieval Latin <Greek synekdochḗ, equivalent to syn-syn- + ekdochḗ act of receiving from another, equivalent to ek-ec- + -dochē, noun derivative of déchesthai to receive

OTHER WORDS FROM synecdoche

syn·ec·doch·ic [sin-ik-dok-ik], /ˌsɪn ɪkˈdɒk ɪk/, syn·ec·doch·i·cal, adjectivesyn·ec·doch·i·cal·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH synecdoche

Schenectady, synecdoche .
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British Dictionary definitions for synecdoche

synecdoche
/ (sɪnˈɛkdəkɪ) /

noun

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

Derived forms of synecdoche

synecdochic (ˌsɪnɛkˈdɒkɪk) or synecdochical, adjectivesynecdochically, adverb

Word Origin for synecdoche

C14: via Latin from Greek sunekdokhē, from syn- + ekdokhē interpretation, from dekhesthai to accept
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