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n. pl. ho·moph·o·nies
1. The quality or condition of being homophonic.
2. Homophonic music.


1. (Linguistics) the linguistic phenomenon whereby words of different origins become identical in pronunciation
2. (Music, other) part music composed in a homophonic style


(həˈmɒf ə ni, hoʊ-)

1. homophonic music.
2. the quality or state of being homophonous.
[1770–80; < Greek]


1. music in which one voice carries the melody, sometimes with a ehord accompaniment.
2. Obsolete, unison. Also called monody, monophony. — homophonous, adj.
See also: Music
the state or condition of a letter, word, or symbol having the same sound as another but a different meaning, regardless of sameness or difference in spelling, as choirlquire. — homophonic, homophonous, adj.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homophony - the same pronunciation for words of different origins
pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
2.homophony - part music with one dominant voice (in a homophonic style)
part music - vocal music for several voices in independent parts (usually performed without accompaniment)
References in classic literature ?
Mnemic homophony gives us, without the addition of other processes of thought, a picture of our friend X which is in a certain sense abstract, not the concrete in any one situation, but X cut loose from any particular point of time.
In addition to external observable habits (including the habit of words), there is also the generic image produced by the superposition, or, in Semon's phrase, homophony, of a number of similar perceptions.
This is, however, not entirely true as the incriminated, change /y/ > /i/ could NOT immediately have caused homophony.
Unexpected is the form oyl rather than oj; it seems hardly likely that homophony is being avoided with 996 oj 'noise' (listed above).
Apart from their rampant homophony, Chinese languages more or less exemplify this sort of morphological system, and indeed, it has been experimentally shown that educated Chinese adults unfamiliar with the Roman alphabetic Chinese orthography (hanyu pinyin) have great difficulty when asked to break down Chinese morphemes into segment-like chunks (e.
But avoidance of homophony as a general principle in the dialect has to be demonstrated.
In one text the linkage is explained in terms of the partial homophony between Akkadian anzu and Sumerian anse (A.
Then, she claims that using her new typology one can refine a purely evolutionist understanding of the development of the string quartet in this era, in which works are thought to progress from treble-dominated homophony to more equally voiced, "conversational" textures.
Stefan Pontz ("Contrapunctus - Simplex - Kompositionen von Orlando di Lasso trod Jacobus Gallus") contrasts the use of strict homophony in the motets of Lasso and Gallus.
What this means in practice is that the two works are generally dissonant in both melody and harmony, make use of irregular rhythmic and metric patterns, rely to some considerable extent on ostinatos and layering, and consequently tend toward polyphony rather than homophony.
While both choirs rely predominantly on homophony, the texture is often enlivened by rhythmic differentiation among the parts or by the variety of rhythms and accents naturally resulting from Gallo's careful text declamation.
Thus, the resources of mensuration canon, drone, melismatic and syllabic melodic lines, chordal homophony, antI variable textures are all employed to serve the texts of works like the Sieben Magnzficat-Antiphonen (1988; rev.