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.

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