ag·​nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)ag-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən \
plural -s

Definition of agnomination

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

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First Known Use of agnomination

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agnomination

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

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“Agnomination.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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