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  • 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expressed by synecdoche; implying a synecdoche.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or expressed by synecdoche; implying a synecdoche.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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  • And could you use "synecdochical" in a sentence, please?

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • And like many other, better-known cases of synecdochical food names, the container came to stand for the thing it contained.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Ans. That the expression is synecdochical was before affirmed; what it importeth under the power of that figure is the grammatical sense of the words.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • And the “prayers of all saints” is a synecdochical expression of the whole worship of the church.


  • The first mode is synecdochical, the second common, the third metonymical; I add that the third might properly be called catachrestic if we attend to the just distinction of these members.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 3

  • Our English translators, 2 Cor.i. 19, have followed the metaphorical signification, and in this place, Acts xiv. 23, the synecdochical.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Junius answereth him, (1007) that the first is the proper signification; the second is metaphorical; the third synecdochical.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Now that Luke, in this place, useth the word in the proper sense, and not in the synecdochical, Gerhard (1008) proveth from the words which he subjoineth, to signify the ordaining of those elders by the laying on of hands; for he saith that they prayed, and fasted, and commended them to the Lord, in which words he implieth the laying on of hands upon them, as may be learned from Acts vi.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • The undertone of archness that we hear whenever Austen gives voice to Highburian parochialism suggests one reason to hold off on seeing Emma as engaged in any straightforward way either with local solidarities or with that Anti-Jacobin, Burkean nationalism that would view the "little platoon" of the Highburians as synecdochical of Englandof a nation that is more successful than other countries at eliciting patriot love precisely because it makes feelings fostered in such parochial spaces "the first link in the series" that leads to an attachment to the state.

    Social Theory at Box Hill: Acts of Union


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