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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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If I have one real reservation about this book, however, it is that in an effort to make Heidegger ever more accessible to English-speaking readers, it has almost wholly obscured the fundamentally German dimension of Heidegger's work, for example, his ties to Heimat, Holderlin, and the poetic movement of language that comes alive in Heidegger's own writing with its undeniable preference for paronomastic constructions and philosophical etymologies.
At the root of this statement is a conflicting view of poetic inspiration: despite Laura's paronomastic presence throughout the landscape, and her portrait which Petrarch carries in his heart (RVF 90), the poet figures himself as able to seek out and refute poetic inspiration.
The paronomastic "fatal vision" of the dagger guides the murderer toward future action (36), while syntactical density implies that both the usurper and blade are the tools of fate: "such an instrument I was to use" (43).
We might even detect a subtle, paronomastic proximity between the "immonde vieillard" in Hugo's Rencontre and the outdated melody, the vieil air, that Rimbaud's baker is singing in the middle of the night in "Les Effares.
The paronomastic qualities of "The Haunted House of Leon" are ornate, almost Baroque.
The first argument is that the paronomastic construction does not automatically or simply emphasize the verbal idea of the governing finite form (as is frequently assumed in translations that render the infinitive as "surely"), but that it rather serves equally or perhaps even more to emphasize the modality of the finite form.
a paronomastic image of a feeling which totally envelops its object.
This idea is strengthened by the intricate web of sound parallels, such as the paronomastic game "leaves"--"leaping," which audibly renders the transfer of energy from the sun to the vegetation.
Giovan Battista Pellegrini has suggested that merchants and other Western travelers brought the paronomastic joke back to Venice and other Italian ports (250-51).
This is not the case with Aleko who cannot come to terms with the gypsies' conception of will/freedom (volia) and is consequently ruined in the paronomastic structure of the text.
Nabokov's dazzling style and elusive, often paronomastic allusions balance the creaky, sometimes heavy-handed conventions of the novel: the "edited" papers, gallows confession and addresses to the reader, as well as the ironic plot devices: the discovered diary, accidental death of Charlotte, transparent impersonations by Quilty (brilliantly portrayed by Peter Sellers in the film), sudden kidnapping of Lolita, unexpected letter from the married ex-nymphet, and the melodramatic murder of Humbert's hated rival and demonic oppressor.
Through her potentially paronomastic use of the word "still," Woolf evokes both Keats's Grecian urn, the "still unravish'd bride of quietness," and Eliot's "Chinese jar" that "still moves perpetually in its stillness.