onomatopoeia
[ on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia ‘word-making’, from onoma, onomat- ‘name’ + -poios ‘making’ (from poiein ‘to make’)
Synonyms
  • imitation
  • parallel
  • reflection
  • repetition
  • reverberation
Antonyms
  • difference
  • opposite
  • reverse
  • question
Definition
the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent; often used for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect
Example
Her use of onomatopoeia in her paper about being raised on a farm was superb.
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