homophony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n homophony part music with one dominant voice (in a homophonic style)
    • n homophony the same pronunciation for words of different origins
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Homophony (Mus) Plain harmony, as opposed to polyphony. See Homophonous.
    • Homophony Sameness of sound.
    • Homophony (Mus) Sameness of sound; unison.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n homophony Sameness of sound.
    • n homophony In music: In ancient music, unison, or music in unison: opposed to antiphony.
    • n homophony In modern music, monody; monophony: opposed to polyphony.
    • n homophony Also homophone.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. homophonie,

Usage

In literature:

WORDS EXCLUDED FROM THE MAIN LIST FOR VARIOUS REASONS, THEIR HOMOPHONY BEING RIGHTLY QUESTIONED BY MANY SPEAKERS.
"Society for Pure English, Tract 2, on English Homophones" by Robert Bridges
The homophony is sometimes inconvenient.
"Society for Pure English Tract 4" by John Sargeaunt
Thanks to the power of the ancestral mneme which tends to reestablish homophony.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
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