plural -s
: the echoing of a sound of one word in another in close relationship with it (as in the same sentence)
: the repetition of a word but in different senses often for purpose of wit (as in punning) or for emphatic contrast

Word History


Latin agnomination-, agnominatio, from ad- + nomination-, nominatio naming; translation of Greek paronomasia

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of agnomination was in 1574

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“Agnomination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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