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paronomasia

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noun par·o·no·ma·sia \ˌpa-rə-nō-ˈmā-zh(ē-)ə, ˌpa-ˌrä-nə-ˈmā-\

Definition of paronomasia

  1. :  a play on words :  pun

par·o·no·mas·tic play \-ˈmas-tik\ adjective


Origin of paronomasia

Latin, from Greek, from paronomazein to call with a slight change of name, from para- + onoma name — more at name


First Known Use: 1577


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