synecdoche

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Borrowed from Latin synecdochē, from Ancient Greek συνεκδοχή (sunekdokhḗ, receiving together).

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  • IPA(key): /sɪˈnɛk.də.ki/, /sɪˈnɛk.doʊ.ki/
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Noun[edit]

synecdoche (countable and uncountable, plural synecdoches)

Examples
  • fifty head of cattle — part (head) for whole (animal)
  • a fleet of ships, fifty sail deep — part (sail) for whole (ship
  • the police knocked down my door — whole (the police) for part (some police officers)
  • the cat stalks the gazelle — class (cat) for subclass (e.g., cheetah)
  • hand me a Kleenex — subclass (brand named product) for class (all similar products)
  • China maintains closer high-level ties with Pyongyang — country (China) for its government (Chinese government) and capital (Pyongyang) for its country (North Korea)
  1. (rhetoric) A figure of speech that uses the name of a part of something to represent the whole.
    • 2002, Christopher Hitchens, "Martin Amis: Lightness at Midnight", The Atlantic, Sep 2002:
      "Holocaust" can become a tired synecdoche for war crimes in general.
  2. (rhetoric) The use of this figure of speech; synecdochy.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin synecdoche, from Ancient Greek συνεκδοχή (sunekdokhḗ, receiving together).

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Noun[edit]

synecdoche f (plural synecdoches, diminutive synecdochetje n)

  1. (literature) synecdoche

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