noun. substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa.
- synecdoche (Latin)
- συνεκδοχή (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word synecdoche
1. Noun, singular or mass
The simplest answer is that the word “silver” is used as synecdoche -- in which a part represents the whole -- to refer to the reflection of the moon’s beams.
2. Verb, base form
Metonymy and synecdoche both substitute a closely related word for the word that you'd use when speaking literally.