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par·o·no·ma·sia

 (păr′ə-nō-mā′zhə)
n.
1. Word play; punning.
2. A pun.

[Latin, from Greek paronomasiā, from paronomazein, to call by a different name : para-, beside; see para-1 + onomazein, to name; see onomastic.]

par′o·no·mas′tic (-măs′tĭk), par′o·no·ma′sial (-mā′zhəl) adj.
par′o·no·mas′ti·cal·ly adv.
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paronomasia

(ˌpærənəʊˈmeɪzɪə)
n
(Rhetoric) rhetoric a play on words, esp a pun. Also (obsolete): paronomasy
[C16: via Latin from Greek: a play on words, from paronomazein to make a change in naming, from para-1 (beside) + onomazein to name, from onoma a name]
paronomastic, paronomastical adj
ˌparonoˈmastically adv
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par•o•no•ma•sia

(ˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -sias.
a play on words; pun.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek paronomasía a play on words, assonance, derivative of paronomázein to make a slight name-change =par- par- + onomázein to name, derivative of ónoma name]
par•o•no•ma•si•ac (ˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ziˌæk) n.
par`o•no•mas′tic (-ˈmæs tɪk) adj.
par`o•no•mas′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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paronomasia

1. Rhetoric. the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound for effect, as humor or ambiguity; punning.
2. a pun. — paronomastic, adj.
See also: Punning
the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound for effect, as humor or ambiguity; punning. Also called adnomination, agnomination, annomination.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paronomasia - a humorous play on wordsparonomasia - a humorous play on words; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
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