[ si-nek-duh-kee ]
/ sɪˈnɛk də ki /
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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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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of synecdoche
OTHER WORDS FROM synecdochesyn·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 synecdocheSchenectady, synecdoche
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British Dictionary definitions for synecdoche
/ (sɪnˈɛkdəkɪ) /
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 synecdochesynecdochic (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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