paronomasia

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

Definition of paronomasia

:a play on words :pun

paronomastic

play \ˌper-ə-nō-ˈma-stik, ˌpa-rə-; ˌpa-ˌrä-nə-ˈma-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of paronomasia

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


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