- adj. using an inclusive term for something included, or vice versa; using something spoken of as the whole (hand for laborer) or vice-versa (the court for the judge).
- adj. using the name of a part for that of the whole or the whole for the part; or the special for the general or the general for the special; or the material for the thing made of it
“I realize I am being figurative -- not metaphoric, but synecdochic -- in saying you can count on meeting a Carrot at BEA2012.”
“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 anti-Americans.”
“Political discourse, as practiced by Obama, McCain, and practically every other politician plopped in front of a microphone, is riddled with, mired in, crippled by, and sometimes derailed by synecdochic expressions.”
“Even a seemingly unambiguous word like "taxes" - has acquired synecdochic tendencies.”
“Obama has managed to co-opt the word "change" - to such a degree that it has become a synecdochic stand-in for "not Bush, not McCain" - and ideas along those lines.”
“REC's final image has become its phosphor-burned synecdochic signifier like the up-the-nose view of Heather Donahue in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, an obvious inspiration.”
“In "The Angry Owner: Samuel Richardson, Modern Authorship and the Ancient Romance," Kathryn Temple situates a similar slippage between eighteenth-century concepts of copyright and such issues as classical appropriation, sea piracy, and the synecdochic theft of the female body.”
“The desire to unmask a-- or the -- conspiracy, the desire for a totalizing perspective, is always met by conspiracy's self-defining proposition that it can never fully be known, that the absence of conspiracy is its best evidence, and that the conspiracy always turns out to be just a conspiracy, one counter-plot to a plot's many counter-plots, oscillating proof for either a synecdochic whole or an infinite metonymic chain.”
“That Starbucks line was obviously a joke, but a synecdochic one (you all know that word, right?), with the coffee chain standing in for a modicum of urbanity, diversity, the meeting of certain basic demographic conditions and so forth.”
“Final Fantasy IX, weapons have a mutually supportive and synecdochic relationship to their owners.”
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