Definition of paronym in English:

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paronym

Pronunciation: /ˈparənɪm/

noun

Linguistics
1A word which is a derivative of another and has a related meaning: wisdom’ is a paronym of ‘wise
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  • Its adjectival paronym poneroi is used of the people of Sodom at Genesis 13: 13, while the verbal form ponereusesthe is employed by Lot to characterize the intentions of the men of the town at Genesis 19: 7.
1.1A word formed by adaptation of a foreign word: preface’ is a paronym of Latin ‘prefatio’ Contrasted with heteronym.
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  • The serene Mexican peak, however, sprawls some lava from time to time, however its Bulgarian paronym is part of the colossal play with words, which deluges the Bulgarian Orthodox homeland for an entire month already.

Derivatives

paronymic

adjective

paronymous

Pronunciation: /pəˈrɒnɪməs/
adjective

paronymy

Pronunciation: /pəˈrɒnəmi/
noun

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek parōnumon, neuter (used as a noun) of parōnumos 'naming by modification', from para- 'beside' + onuma 'a name'.

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