(comparative more synecdochic, superlative most synecdochic)
- using an inclusive term for something included, or vice versa; using something spoken of as the whole (hand for laborer) or vice-versa (the court for the judge).
Variant of synecdoche
a figure of speech in which a part is used for a whole, an individual for a class, a material for a thing, or the reverse of any of these (Ex.: bread for food, the army for a soldier, or copper for a penny)
Origin of synecdocheLate Middle English altered (infl. by L) ; from synodoche ; from Medieval Latin sinodoche, for Classical Latin synecdoche ; from Classical Greek synekdochē, literally , a receiving together ; from synekdechesthai, to receive together ; from syn-, together + ekdechesthai, to receive ; from ek-, from + dechesthai, to receive ; from Indo-European base an unverified form de- from source decent