onomatopœia definition

  • noun:
    • alternate spelling of onomatopoeia.
    • The formation of terms in imitation of noises; a figure of message when the noise of a word is imitative for the noise associated with thing that the word signifies
    • In philology, the synthesis of brands by imitation of normal noises; the naming of anything by a more or less precise reproduction regarding the noise which it creates, or something like that audible associated with it; the imitative principle in language-making: therefore, the verbs buzz and hum while the nouns pewit, whippoorwill, etc., are manufactured by onomatopœia.
    • In rhetoric, using imitative and obviously suggestive words for rhetorical effect.

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