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assonance

[as-uh-nuh ns] /ˈæs ə nəns/
noun
1.
resemblance of sounds.
2.
Also called vowel rhyme. Prosody. rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used with different consonants in the stressed syllables of the rhyming words, as in penitent and reticence.
3.
partial agreement or correspondence.
Origin of assonance
1720-1730
1720-30; < French, equivalent to asson(ant) sounding in answer (see as-, sonant) + -ance -ance
Related forms
assonant, adjective, noun
assonantal
[as-uh-nan-tl] /ˌæs əˈnæn tl/ (Show IPA),
assonantic, adjective
nonassonance, noun
nonassonant, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for assonance

assonance

/ˈæsənəns/
noun
1.
the use of the same vowel sound with different consonants or the same consonant with different vowels in successive words or stressed syllables, as in a line of verse. Examples are time and light or mystery and mastery
2.
partial correspondence; rough similarity
Derived Forms
assonant, adjective, noun
assonantal (ˌæsəˈnæntəl) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin assonāre to sound, from sonāre to sound
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Word Origin and History for assonance
n.

1727, "resemblance of sounds between words," from French assonance, from assonant, from Latin assonantem (nominative assonans), present participle of assonare "to resound, respond to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Properly, in prosody, "rhyming of accented vowels, but not consonants" (1823).

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