Paronomasia definition

părə-nō-māzhə
Word play; punning.
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A pun.
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A pun.
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(rhetoric) A pun or play on words.
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Noun

Singular:
paronomasia
Plural:
paronomasias

Origin of paronomasia

  • Latin from Greek paronomasiā from paronomazein to call by a different name para- beside para–1 onomazein to name onomastic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin paronomasia, from Ancient Greek παρονομασία (paronomasia, “play upon words which sound alike"), from παρα- (para-) + ὀνομασία (onomasia, “naming").

    From Wiktionary