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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Definitions for synecdoche

  1. a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole or whole for a part or general for the special or vice versa

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Citations for synecdoche
Photographers had to resort to visual synecdoche, hoping that a small part of the scene -- a wailing child, an emaciated mother, a pile of corpses in a freshly dug trench -- would suggest the horrors of the whole. Paul Gray, Time
We're using the part-for-whole type of synecdoche, for instance, when we describe a smart person as a "brain." , Hartford Courant
Origin of synecdoche
1350-1400
By 1388, from Middle 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" + ek "out" + dekhesthai "to receive," related to dokein "seem good".