Definition of Paronomasia

1. Noun. A humorous play on words. "His constant punning irritated her"

Exact synonyms: Pun, Punning, Wordplay
Generic synonyms: Fun, Play, Sport
Derivative terms: Pun, Punster, Pun



Definition of Paronomasia

1. n. 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.

Definition of Paronomasia

1. Noun. (rhetoric) A pun or play on words ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paronomasia

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Medical Definition of Paronomasia

1. 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. Origin: L, fr. Gr, fr. To form a word by a slight change; beside + to name, fr. A name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paronomasia

paroled
parolee
parolees
paroles
parolfactory
parolfactory area
paroling
parolivary
parols
paromologia
paromology
paromomycin
paromomycin sulfate
paromphalocele
paroneiria
paronomasia (current term)
paronomasiac
paronomasiacs
paronomasias
paronomasic
paronomasies
paronomastic
paronomastical
paronomasy
paronychia
paronychiae
paronychial
paronychias
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paronym

Literary usage of Paronomasia

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1. Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews by Robert Lowth (1829)
"paronomasia. In Isa. x. 30, the epithet n"? is applied rnn:9 in allusion ft the meaning or etymology of the name : as if the prophet had said: " Ah ! minis ..."

2. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1841)
"paronomasia is the name given to an exj contains two words, that are purposely chose may ... i In order to form a paronomasia of this kind, unusual wa 2. ..."

3. Philological Studies: With English Illustrations by Josiah Willard Gibbs, Karl Ferdinand Becker (1857)
"The simple paronomasia has reference only to the similarity of sound. ... W« are now concerned only with the simple paronomasia. The resemblance of sound ..."

4. Hermathena by Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) (1888)
"paronomasia IN PINDAR. TO the ancient Greeks, as is well known, a play on words meant much more than a pun. Pindar and Aeschylus did not conceive that words ..."

5. A Greek Grammar of the New Testament by Georg Benedikt Winer, Moses Stuart, Edward Robinson (1825)
"paronomasia. 1. paronomasia is a favourite figure among the Hebrews, ... In order to form a paronomasia of this kind, unusual words or forms of words are ..."

6. English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms ; with a by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"... I take no notice of his brutal conduct; I do not speak of his treachery and malice." paronomasia. § 601. paronomasia, from the Greek Trapd, near, ..."

7. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Proverbs by Crawford Howell Toy (1899)
"5919 Job 4i7 the text is probably to be changed). We might suppose a paronomasia: in the day of straits (Heb. ..."

8. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament: Including the Biblical by Wilhelm Gesenius, Edward Robinson (1844)
"... fraa •^•^n-^s all darkness (calamity) t» hoarded up for his treasures, where observe the paronomasia in the cognate words 'ira and VBS. ..."

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