[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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- rhetoric a play on words, esp a pun
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 paronomastic
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