synecdochism

noun
syn·​ec·​do·​chism | \ sə̇ˈnekdəˌkizəm \
plural -s

Definition of synecdochism

1 : the use of synecdoche : an instance of such use
2 : the use in sympathetic magic of a part of an object as representing the whole — compare magic sense 1a

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First Known Use of synecdochism

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synecdochism

synecdoche + -ism

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“Synecdochism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synecdochism. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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