The usage of the word "mind" in the following sentence:

King Solomon was the greatest mind that ever lived.


Synecdoche is a figure of speech using a part for the whole, the whole for the part, general for specific, or specific for general.

Brass can be all the brass instruments in the orchestra or top military officers.

Our daily bread in the Lord's Prayer means all the necessities of life.

Don't use cash, pay with plastic, i.e. a plastic credit card.

Using mind for thinker or person of great wisdom is a classic example.

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    "Pay with plastic" is metonymy. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 30 '18 at 22:12
  • The article cited gives a list of examples of "material for thing made from it." Synecdoche goes beyond pars pro toto/totum pro parte. – KarlG Jan 31 '18 at 1:18
  • I am certain it is metonymy. – kakashi10192020 Jan 31 '18 at 6:08

Allusion is another literary device in the sentence King Solomon was the greatest mind that ever lived

Allusion: an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

In the sentence, the allusion is to King Solomon and his mind, as it is not explicitly describing what he or his mind have done to be the greatest to ever live, however it is implied.

Allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers. It is just a passing comment and the writer expects the reader to possess enough knowledge to spot the allusion and grasp its importance in a text.

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