Word of the Week: synecdoche (sĭ-NĔK-də-kē)


(Noun) A figure of speech in which a more inclusive term is used for a less inclusive one or vice versa, as a whole for a part or a part for a whole.

In Context

“But if the convention didn’t tell, it definitely showed: It was less an advertisement for Donald Trump than a perfect synecdoche for his entire ascent, with every element of the Trump phenomenon distilled into four strange days of drama.”

Ross Douthat, “The Donald Trump Show,” The New York Times, July 23, 2016.