from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Allied by derivation from the same root; having the same stem; for example, beautiful and beauteous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having the same root or derivation; conjugate.
- adj. Having a similar sound, but different orthography and different meaning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the same derivation; allied radically; conjugate; -- said of certain words, as man, mankind, manhood, etc.
- adj. Having a similar sound, but different orthography and different meaning; -- said of certain words, as all and awl; hair and hare, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the same derivation; allied in origin; radically allied; conjugate: as, wise, wisely, wisdom; man, manhood, mankind.
- Having the same or a like sound, but differing in orthography and signification: as, all, awl; ball, bawl; hair, hare.
- Derived from a word in another language with some slight modification of form.
That the playing with paronymous terms is in accordance with the spirit of the Greek language may be seen from the frequent employment of the device by Plato, e.g. -
There are innumerable instances of a non-correspondence in paronymous words, similar to that above instanced; as between _art_ and _artful_, _design_ and _designing_,
Would it be possible for you to include links to this in your next comment? paronymous from 18.104.22.168 at Fri, 10 Aug 2007 22: 11: 16 +0000:
_paronymous_ (or _conjugate_) words, _i. e._, those belonging to each other, as the substantive, adjective, verb, etc., of the same root, have a precisely corresponding meaning; which is by no means universally the case.