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Thursday, July 12, 2012

paronymous

\puh-RON-uh-muhs\ , adjective;
1.
Containing the same root or stem, as the words wise and wisdom.
Quotes:
The sentence seems to reverberate with echoes of assonance—another distinctive trait of Haweke's writing often enriched with alliterative patterns or even rhymes—on both sides of the two central words: "pale petal," whose juxtaposition involves an anagramatical and paronymous variation.
-- Heide Ziegler, Facing Texts
This in itself is a significant achievement in a language so flowery and paronymous to the extent that exaggeration, especially at that time of its literary history, is widely considered to be one of its inherent characteristics.
-- Sabry Hafez, The Quest for Identities
Origin:
Paronymous stems from the Greek roots para- meaning "beside" and onoma meaning "a name."
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