Figure Name adnominatio
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Ad Herennium 4.21-22.29-31; Garrett Epp (1994) ("adnominatio," "paronomasia"); Vinsauf (1967) ("adnominatio"); Macbeth (1876) ("nomination")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms paronomasia, polyptoton, agnominatio, agnomination, nomination
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Lexicographic

1. Assigning to a proper name its literal or homophonic meaning. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Play on the sound or meaning of words by a slight change or transposition of letters, by a change in word-form or case, or by the addition of a prefix. (Garrett Epp)

3. If a mode of expression both easy and adorned is desired, set aside all the techniques of the dignified style and have recourse to means that are simple, but of a simplicity that does not shock the ear by its rudeness. Here are the rhetorical colours with which to adorn your style: (Vinsauf)

4. Nomination is the title we presume to give
to that figure which consists in the enumeration of the names of specific places - Proper Names, in which is often a strange charm; a witching, noble music and suggestive
power. (Macbeth)


1. Mr. Oake, with his 5' 3" stature, really seemed more of an acorn. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. SAMPSON: Gregory, on my word, we'll not carry coals.

GREGORY: No, for then we should be colliers.

SAMPSON: I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.

GREGORY: Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of collar. (R&J 1.1 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

2. ... Then crushing penury

Persuades me I was better when a king;

Then am I kinged again; and by and by

Think that I am unkinged by Bolingbroke .... (R2 5.5 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. Here in flesh (carne) without flaw (carie), not caught in fault's (criminis) net (hamo), a man (homo) simple and suppliant (simplex, supplex), he set at naught (lusit), the insidious serpent who deceived us (elusit), and, made a hostage (hostia), he destroyed the hostile one (hostem) and by his dying dismayed him (moriendo, remordit). (Vinsauf)

4. We feel this charm in good Bishop Heber's
lines to his wife:
" If thou wert by my side, my love,
How fast would evening fall,
In green Bengala's palmy grove,
Listening the nightingale.
Then on ! then on! Where duty leads
My course be onward still;
On broad Hindostan's sultry meads,
Or bleak Almorah's hill." (Macbeth)

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures polyptoton, paranomasia, figures of repetition
Notes trope or chroma? do I just add 2 more 'incomplete' entries for polyptoton and paranomasia? add "figures of repetition" to Related Figures? could not find anything for Part of
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Samantha Price
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes See the alternative spellings listed on the Silva Rhetoricae page. These should be included as synonyms. Also, a quick search for the term turns up "agnomination" (the English term for this figure).
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