1. the relation between two words that are spelled the same way but differ in meaning or the relation between two words that are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning
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How To Use homonymy In A Sentence

  • Criticismo occurs in Spanish, in Baltasar Gracián's El Heroe (1637), and sporadically in eighteenth-century Italian, but disappeared as there was no problem of homonymy. LITERARY CRITICISM
  • And yet, though indeed there be little relation between our real self and the other — because of their homonymy and their common body, the abnegation which makes us sacrifice easier duties, pleasures even, seems to others egoism. Time Regained
  • In the case of homonymy it could be argued that we are dealing, strictly speaking, with two different words which happen to share the same phonological form.
  • But, beyond that, homonymy seems to have been, even for Plato, no more than a source of ambiguity for wordplay.
  • We have relations of meaning such as synonymy and antonymy, polysemy and homonymy, ways of organizing the vocabulary.
  • Here we have a confusion of two essentially different things through the homonymy in the word honour, and a consequent alteration of the point in dispute. The Art of Controversy
  • The fact that an object can have many names (polynomy) and, con - versely, that the same name can be applied to several objects (homonymy) produced a confusion of names. Dictionary of the History of Ideas
  • The choir/quire homonymy doesn't seem as active there as it is in Shakespeare, though. Languagehat.com: CHOIRS/QUIRES.
  • The traditional translations of equivocal, univocal and derivative are sometimes brought into English as homonymy, synonymy and paronymy. Notes on Aristotle's Categories
  • Based on the existing researches, this paper carries out homonymy research from different points of views, like lexicology, semantics, rhetoric, pragmatics, comparative linguistics and so on.
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