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What is a synecdoche?

 

Definition
 

A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which the one of the following (or its reverse) is expressed:

 
  • A part stands for a whole
  • An individual stands for a class
  • A material stands for a thing
Examples (English)
 
  • Fifty head referring to 50 head of cattle
  • Cat referring to a lion
Generic
  A synecdoche is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 36

 

Mish 1991 1197

 

Neufeldt 1991 1358


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