par-onomastic

paronomasia

[par-uh-noh-mey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Rhetoric.
1.
the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning.
2.
a pun.

Origin:
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); see -ia

paronomastic [par-uh-noh-mas-tik] , adjective
paronomastically, adverb
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paronomasia (ˌpærənəʊˈmeɪzɪə)
 
n
rhetoric a play on words, esp a pun
 
[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
 
adj
 
parono'mastically
 
adv

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