assonate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assonate correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance "The accented vowels assonated in this poem"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Assonate To correspond in sound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assonate To correspond in sound; rime in assonance; be assonant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Assonate to correspond in sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. assonare, assonatum, to respond to
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. assonāre, as = ad-, to, sonāre, to sound.

Usage

In literature:

Assonance frequently takes the place of rhyme, and a word often rhymes with itself.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
They were poems, by reason of their use of metaphor, alliteration, assonance, and imagination.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
It should be noted that this poem has assonance of the odd and of the even lines.
"Modern Spanish Lyrics" by Various
The rule for the avoidance of alliteration, rhyme, and assonance was extended to the foreign symbols, and to the two terms of a couplet.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Each is ten lines long, and while the first rhymes throughout, the second has only a very imperfect assonance.
"The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory" by George Saintsbury
Assonances jar me, even two terminations "tion" near together.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
His own language was Hungarian, that tongue of tender and royal assonances, but Zora had never heard it.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
How render the sumptuous assonance and solemn rhythms of Marche Funebre: O convoi solennel des soleils magnifiques?
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Assonant rhyme, found in some Anglo-Norman poems, was common in the Romance of Oc and all related dialects.
"The Revival of Irish Literature" by Charles Gavan Duffy
Assonance, 11, 27, 63.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
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