paronomasia [par- uh-noh- mey-zh uh, -zhee- uh, -zee- uh] Word Origin See more synonyms for paronomasia on Thesaurus.com 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 1570–80;
a play on words, assonance, derivative of
to make a slight name-change (
to name, derivative of
-ia Related forms par·o·no·mas·tic , [par- uh-noh- mas-tik] /ˌpær ə noʊˈmæs tɪk/ adjective par·o·no·mas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for paronomastic rhetoric a play on words, esp a pun Derived Forms paronomastic ( ˌpærənəʊˈmæstɪk), adjective paronomastically, adverb Word Origin
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 paronomasia n.
"pun," 1570s, from Latin, from Greek
paronomasia "play upon words which sound similarly," from paronomazein "to alter slightly, to call with slight change of name," literally "to name beside," from par- (see para- (1)) + onomasia "naming," from onoma "name" (see name (n.)).
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