synecdochism

noun syn·ec·do·chism \sə̇ˈnekdəˌkizəm\

Definition of synecdochism

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  the use of synecdoche :  an instance of such use

  2. 2 :  the use in sympathetic magic of a part of an object as representing the whole — compare magic 1a

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Origin and Etymology of synecdochism

synecdoche + -ism


First Known Use: 1854


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