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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Using the name of a part for that of the whole or the whole for the part.

Usage examples (11)
  • To use `hand' for `worker' or `ten sail' for `ten ships' or `steel' for `sword' is to use a synecdochic figure of speech
  • Even a seemingly unambiguous word like "taxes" - has acquired synecdochic tendencies.
  • Heck, the word "liberal" - itself is, for some of those who stand on the other side of the red/blue divide, a synecdochic stand-in for "tax-and-spend homosexual-loving...
  • In "The Angry Owner: Samuel Richardson, Modern Authorship and the Ancient Romance," Kathryn Temple situates a similar slippage between eighteenth-century concepts of copyright... for more
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