Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a resemblance of articulate sounds.
- In prosody, pertaining to or characterized by assonance.
- n. A word resembling another in sound. Specifically In prosody, a word forming an assonance with another word. See assonance, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a resemblance of sounds.
- adj. (Pros.) Pertaining to the peculiar species of rhyme called
assonance; not consonant.
- adj. having the same sound (especially the same vowel sound) occurring in successive stressed syllables
- adj. having the same vowel sound occurring with different consonants in successive words or stressed syllables
“The story gave newspapers the opportunity to use their two favourite words together, resulting in the gleefully assonant “Terror Blunder”.”
“The straitjacket of meter and cadence of its composition drew out the worst and best of whomever had already tried their hand in battle with assonant rhymes.”
“ "What is the word for which you are seeking an assonant?”
“Respite comes, as one might expect with Dickens, in equally phonemic terms, floated upon (in that same paragraph) the sibilant, assonant, and iambic bonding of "inseparable and blessed" to describe the union of the title figure and Arthur Clennam, the man whose fetishistic vision of her impoverishment has seen her until now as a”
“The assonant low short u vowel sound darkens the tone of this eerie image: smudged, thumbs, guns, fluttered.”
“Alas, I do not have photographic evidence of the last artwork someone saddled this poor van with -- an assonant mural called "The Vein Train.”
“According to conventional wisdom, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a dashing American explorer with a satisfyingly assonant name who later went on to be the Governor of Connecticut and a US Senator.”
“Anyhoo, the sequence finds a new pattern in the regularity of two "couplets" of sonnets (1122), the opening sonnet marking the shift with assonant rhymes (I did reckon those rhymes gave a sense of instability and tension, pushing against the constraints, which ... fitted here; it kinda makes sense now why I felt that way).”
“Brian: Those two sonnets I think of as still in the AABB scheme, just ... stretching it with the assonant rather than full rhymes (sorta "AaBb" rather than "abcd").”
“The last three sonnets -- again with the assonant rhyme sonnet marking the transition -- do finally settle into an alternating rhyme scheme ... except that they form a triplet, so the asymmetry should balance the regularity.”
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