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    Talking 78-metonymy v.s synecdoche

    Dear all


    I need a good reference about (metonymy) and (synecdoche). If there is a link or if any of you can give a perfect reply to these two.

    Thanks all


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    Re: 78-metonymy v.s synecdoche

    Hello Matilda

    "Metonymy" is where an attribute (or significant accompaniment) of X is used instead of X, e.g.

    1. From the cradle to the grave.

    = from childhood to death.

    "Synecdoche" is where the particular is used for the general, or vice versa, e.g.

    2. To be a comrade with the wolf and owl (from Shakespeare's "King Lear").

    i.e. to be an associate of bloodthirsty creatures: "wolf" and "owl" are particular examples of the class "bloodthirsty creatures".

    3. He's a real Judas.

    i.e. he's treacherous: "Judas" is a particular example of the class "treacherous people".

    4. He's a wretched creature.

    Here, we have an example of the general ("creature") used for the particular ("man", which is a kind of "creature").


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