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Adnominatio (ad-no-mi-na’-ti-o): 1. A synonym for paronomasia [punning].  2. A synonym for polyptoton.  3. Assigning to a proper name its literal or homophonic meaning.

1. What a stunning Taser!

2. Savings saved save the future.

3. Tom Cruise was on a cruise until he called psychology a “pseudoscience” on NBC’s Today Show back in 2005.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.