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Metaphors Metonymy and Synecdoche
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Example of synecdoche?

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01/13/2010

Synecdoche is a special kind of metonymy in which a thing is names after its part or, vice versa, a part is denoted by the whole thing. It is used to avoid repetition or to enrich poetic imagery. There are three kinds of synecdoches:

A) the pars pro toto synecdoche, in which a an object is called after its part, for example many a day

B) the singularis pro plurali synecdoche, in which a group of people is represented by a single representative, a child is cruel

C) the totum pro parte synecdoche that denotes a part by naming the whole thing, like in my family arrived instead of the members of my family arrived.