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synecdoche

syn·ec·do·che

synecdoche

pronunciation:
sih nek d ki
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part of speech: noun
definition: a figure of speech in which one term is used representatively for another by substituting a part for the whole or the specific for the general, or the reverse of these, such as "wheels" for "car" or "the police" for "a policeman".
derivations: synecdochic (adj.), synecdochically (adv.)
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The word synecdoche contains the following part:
syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-