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syn·ec·do·che / siˈnekdəkē/ • n. a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, as in Cleveland won by six runs (meaning “Cleveland's baseball team”). DERIVATIVES: syn·ec·doch·ic / ˌsinekˈdäkik/ adj. syn·ec·doch·i·cal / ˌsinekˈdäkikəl/ adj. syn·ec·doch·i·cal·ly / -ˈdäkik(ə)lē/ adv.

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synecdochechokey, croaky, folkie, folky, hokey, hokey-cokey, hoki, jokey, karaoke, Loki, okey-dokey, Okie, pokey, poky, smoky, trochee •adzuki, bouzouki, fluky, kabuki, kooky, pukey, saluki, spooky, Sukie, Suzuki, verrucae •bookie, cookie, hookey, hooky, nooky, rookie •netsuke •clucky, ducky, happy-go-lucky, Kentucky, lucky, mucky, plucky, yucky •bulky, sulky •chunky, clunky, flunkey, funky, hunky, junkie, junky, monkey, punky, spunky •dusky, husky, musky •synecdoche • Malachy • hillocky •bullocky •Andromache, logomachy, theomachy •hummocky • anarchy • monarchy •Cherokee • tussocky •herky-jerky, jerky, mirky, murky, perky, quirky, smirky, turkey •turnkey • Albuquerque

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SYNECDOCHE [Stress: ‘sin-EK-doh-ky’]. In RHETORIC, a figure of speech concerned with parts and wholes: (1) Where the part represents the whole: ‘All hands on deck’ (the members of a ship's crew represented by their hands alone). (2) Where the whole represents the part: ‘England lost to Australia in the last Test Match’ (the countries standing for the teams representing them and taking a plural verb). See METONYMY.

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synecdoche - L. synecdochē — Gr. sunekdokhḗ, f. sunekdékhesthai, f. SYN- + ekdékhesthai take up.

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