paronomasia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin paronomasia, from Ancient Greek παρονομασία (paronomasía, play upon words which sound alike), from παρα- (para-) + ὀνομασία (onomasía, naming).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pærənəˈmeɪzɪə/

Noun[edit]

paronomasia (plural paronomasias)

  1. (rhetoric) A pun or play on words
    • 1984, Anthony Burgess, Enderby's Dark Lady:
      [] he gloomily regarded his new digital watch, faintly fascinated by the onward march of the square figures which turned one into the other with insolent ease, a kind of numerical paronomasia.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      Ev’rywhere but at Norfolk, where talk of Passion far outweighs its Enactment,– indeed, the Sailors’ Paronomasia for that wretched Place, is ‘No-Fuck’.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek παρονομασία (paronomasía, play upon words which sound alike).

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Noun[edit]

paronomasia f (genitive paronomasiae); first declension

  1. A figure of speech; pun or play on words which sound alike but have different meanings, paronomasia.

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative paronomasia paronomasiae
genitive paronomasiae paronomasiārum
dative paronomasiae paronomasiīs
accusative paronomasiam paronomasiās
ablative paronomasiā paronomasiīs
vocative paronomasia paronomasiae

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References[edit]

  • paronomasia in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • Ryan Stark, Rhetoric, Science, and Magic in Seventeenth-Century England (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009), 190-95.