[par-uh-noh-mey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
- the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning.
- a pun.
Origin of paronomasia
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Related Words for paronomasiajoke, quip, witticism, conceit, quibble, ambiguity, paronomasia, equivoque
Examples from the Web for paronomasia
Historical Examples of paronomasia
Reuss renders the paronomasia, "qu'il soit cach ou lch en Israel."The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
The only grounds for this theory are the easiness of the Greek style and the paronomasia in iv.
- rhetoric a play on words, esp a pun
Word Origin for paronomasia
C16: via Latin from Greek: a play on words, from paronomazein to make a change in naming, from para- 1 (beside) + onomazein to name, from onoma a name
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Word Origin and History for paronomasia
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