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The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
[Late Latin, from Greek onomatopoiiā, from onomatopoios, coiner of names : onoma, onomat-, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]
on′o·mat′o·poe′ic, on′o·mat′o·po·et′ic (-pō-ĕt′ĭk) adj.
on′o·mat′o·poe′i·cal·ly, on′o·mat′o·po·et′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the use of such words for poetic or rhetorical effect. Also called (less common): onomatopoesis or onomatopoiesis
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek onoma name + poiein to make]
ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeic, onomatopoetic adj
ˌonoˌmatoˈpoeically, ˌonoˌmatopoˈetically adv
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on•o•mat•o•poe•ia(ˌɒn əˌmæt əˈpi ə, -ˌmɑ tə-)
1. the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
2. the use of such imitative words.
[1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek onomatopoiía making of words]
on`o•mat`o•poe′ic, on`o•mat`o•po•et′ic (-poʊˈɛt ɪk) adj.
on`o•mat`o•poe′i•cal•ly, on`o•mat`o•po•et′i•cal•ly, adv.
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the state or condition of a word formed to imitate the sound of its intended meaning, as rustle. — onomatopoeic, onomatopoetic, onoma-topoietic, onomatopoeial, adj.See also: Sound
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1. The use or formation of words whose sound is intended to imitate the action or sound they mean, such as bang” or ”splash.”
2. Use of words which sound like the thing described.
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|Noun||1.||onomatopoeia - using words that imitate the sound they denote|
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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onomatopoeia[ˌɒnəʊmætəʊˈpiːə] N → onomatopeya f
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onomatopoeia[ˌɒnəmætəˈpiːə] n → onomatopée f
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onomatopoeia[ˌɒnəʊmætəʊˈpiːə] n → onomatopea
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