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One of two or more words that have identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations, such as row (a series of objects arranged in a line), pronounced (rō), and row (a fight), pronounced (rou).

[Back-formation from heteronymous.]


(Linguistics) one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike: the two English words spelt 'bow' are heteronyms. Compare homograph
[C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name]
heteronymous adj
ˌheterˈonymously adv


(ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm)

a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
[1880–85; < Late Greek heterṓnymos. See hetero-, -onym]
het`er•on′y•mous (-əˈrɒn ə məs) adj.
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Noun1.heteronym - two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation; "the word `bow' is an example of a heteronym"
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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It is significant also that the heteronymic theory was fully developed following this 1915 statement, which makes even more credible the idea that the heteronyms have an intimate relationship with occultist tenets.
Seymour-Smith further argued that Pessoa's heteronymic experience 'was not only a "personal" venture: it was "deconstructionist" before deconstructionism was invented' (in Guide to Modern World Literature, ed.
In Chapter 2, canonical Romanticism's anti-fancy "I" gives way to the lyric "we" of Della Cruscan love conducted in periodicals and anthologies and the lyric many in Mary Robinson's heteronymic work.
Probably the derivation of Frank O'Hara's poems from a coterie discourse and from friendly dialogue suggests a more attractive way of avoiding the presumptuousness or mendacity afflicting the posture of individual integrity than either Fernando Pessoa's heteronymic authorship or J.
15) Heteronymic opposites, word pairs that are not etymologically related but that are spelled the same, sound different, and have opposite meanings.
A heteronymic artist, capturing Conner is like trying to lasso a beam of sunlight.
It is the record, and its consummating expression, of an ambitious, risk-taking search for the overreaching spirit something akin to a poetic oversoul--that can be found manifestly and independently at work in Pessoa's heteronymic poetry (and elsewhere, too), Whitman's archetypal democracy of the emotions, Hart Crane's transnational nationalism (Crane was the true cis-Atlantic expatriate who mostly stayed away from Europe), and Wallace Stevens's stay-at-home metaphysics as the ars poetica of his audacious ambition.
In this case, it is in the dramatic verse of Victorian Robert Browning that, Monteiro claims, we can find 'the immediate predecessors for Pessoa's heteronymic creations' (p.
Despite these Freudian presuppositions of the fiction, explicit psychoanalytic reference enters the Pessoa criticism in a 1977 interview where Zanzotto interprets the heteronymic poetry in Lacanian terms Tabucchi too will exploit (Un baule 114-22).
There would be no place in it for undecidably heteronymic and autonymic expressions of this sort.
For illustrative purposes, I shall give two examples that--if studied in context--may disclose particular aspects of the poetics underlying Pessoa's heteronymic construction.
In this essay, distinguishing usefully between the aristocratic Barao de Teive and the petty burgher Bernardo Soares, Zenith ventures the notion that in killing off the heteronymic Barao, Pessoa exorcised that part of himself - the sexually crippled rationalist - that he found difficult to live with.