Definition of assonance in English:

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assonance

Pronunciation: /ˈasənəns/

noun

In poetry, the repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in nonrhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernible (e.g., penitence, reticence). Compare with alliteration.
Example sentences
  • Just look at (and, preferably, listen to) his use of assonance - repeated vowel sounds throughout a section.
  • First, it has the qualities of rhythm, alliteration, and assonance verging on rhyme that we might expect of a memorable turn of phrase.
  • In all of these cases, the deft repetitions and modulations of consonants and vowels with their subtle assonance and consonance compete for attention with the lines' actual content.

Derivatives

assonant

Pronunciation: /ˈas(ə)nənt/
adjective
Example sentences
  • By definition, it is a poem with an unlimited number of octosyllabic verses and assonant rhyme in even-numbered verses.
  • The beauty of this one is that it’s a little rhyming verse – or at least nicely assonant.

assonate

Pronunciation: /ˈasəˌnāt/
verb
Example sentences
  • ‘What I expected’ is an adroit compromise between the impulses to form and to freedom: ‘twist’ fails to rhyme convincingly with ‘pass,’ but in that failure assonates and alliterates with ‘questions.’
  • The amhrán or song metres have a richly assonated stanzaic form, and are also accentual.

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from Latin assonare 'respond to', from ad- 'to' + sonare (from sonus 'sound').

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