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An expression that achieves emphasis or humour by contriving an ambiguity, two distinct meanings being suggested either by the same word (see polysemy) or by two similar-sounding words (see homophone). In the terminology of rhetoric, punning is regarded as a figure of speech, and known as paronomasia. See also antanaclasis, double entendre, equivoque.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).


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