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synecdoche (sɪnˈɛkdəkɪ



  1. 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

synecdochic (ˌsɪnɛkˈdɒkɪk , or ˌsynecˈdochical  adjective
ˌsynecˈdochically  adverb

Word Origin

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


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