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Synecdoche is a figure of speech. It uses a part for the whole thing, or the whole for one of its parts. Examples:

These three examples, and most other cases, use the part for the whole. But an expression like "The West" might just mean the U.S.A. It depends on context.

  • "The Government made a statement on the issue yesterday".

The Government did not actually make the statement: a spokesperson did.

Synecdoche is a type of metonymy, because it refers to its target by using a related term. It is similar to metaphor in its use in prose.

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