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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
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 assonant

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 assonant

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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Encyclopedia Article for assonant

assonance

in prosody, repetition of stressed vowel sounds within words with different end consonants, as in the phrase "quite like." It is unlike rhyme, in which initial consonants differ but both vowel and end-consonant sounds are identical, as in the phrase "quite right." Many common phrases, such as "mad as a hatter," "free as a breeze," or "high as a kite," owe their appeal to assonance. As a poetic device, internal assonance is usually combined with alliteration (repetition of initial consonant sounds) and consonance (repetition of end or medial consonant sounds) to enrich the texture of the poetic line. Sometimes a single vowel sound is repeated, as in the opening line of Thomas Hood's "Autumn": I saw old Autumn in the misty morn

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