Definitions for paronomasiaˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•o•no•ma•siaˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə(n.)(pl.)-sias.

  1. a play on words; pun.

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of paronomasia:

1570–80; < L < Gk paronomasía a play on words, assonance, der. of paronomázein to make a slight name-change =par-par - +onomázein to name, der. of ónomaname


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pun, punning, wordplay, paronomasia(noun)

    a humorous play on words

    "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"


  1. paronomasia(Noun)

    A pun or play on words

  2. Origin: From paronomasia, from παρονομασία, from παρα- + ὀνομασία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paronomasia(noun)

    a play upon words; a figure by which the same word is used in different senses, or words similar in sound are set in opposition to each other, so as to give antithetical force to the sentence; punning


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