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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Definitions for paronomasia

  1. Rhetoric. punning; 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.
  2. Rhetoric. a pun.

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Citations for paronomasia
It was between Whitefield Street and the Tottenham Court Road, in a "heavenly Mews," as he liked to call it (for he had a characteristic weakness for philosophical paronomasia) that Casimir Lypiatt lived and worked. Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay, 1923
"He certainly tells awful jokes, though," she added. "His evident addiction to a particularly debased form of paronomasia is indeed a regrettable feature of his otherwise agreeable personality, " I replied. Harold Schechter, The Tell-Tale Corpse: An Edgar Allan Poe Mystery, 2006
Origin of paronomasia
1570-1580
Paronomasia is a borrowing from Latin and can be traced to the Greek paronomázein meaning "to make a slight name-change." It entered English in the late 1500s.