Word Of The Week – Synecdoche

Synecdoche graphicHere’s a word I stumbled across when I saw this graphic over on Pinterest, I believe, and found myself enamored by its sound and meaning.

Here’s the official Dictionary.com definition:


noun, Rhetoric

  1. 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.

Origin of synecdoche

Medieval Latin and Greek – 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.

Let me know in the comments if you’re able to use the word “Synecdoche” this week and how.

About The Word Of Jeff

I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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