noun ag·nom·i·na·tion \(ˌ)ag-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of agnomination



  1. 1 :  the echoing of a sound of one word in another in close relationship with it (as in the same sentence)

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of agnomination

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

First Known Use: 1574

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a brief usually trivial fact

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