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Words that include: -onym, -onymy, -onymic, -onymically,
-onymous, -onymously, -nym
(Greek: name; normally used as a suffix).

acronym, acronymous, acronymic, acronymically:
A word (tip-name) formed from the initials or other parts of several words, e.g., NATO, from the initials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
allonym, allonymous, allonymously:
1. The name of another person, especially that of a significant historical figure, assumed by somebody, especially a writer.
2. A book bearing the name of someone other than its author.
anonym, anonymous:
1. An author whose name is not known or is not given.
2. A term (no name) that is used by someone to hide his or her identity.
1. The state of not being known or identified by name, e.g., as the author or donor of something.
2. A lack of distinctive features that makes things seem bland or interchangeable.
3. Someone who is unnamed or unacknowledged as the doer of something.
4. The state of blending into a crowd and going unnoticed.
1. Someone whose name is not known or not given.
2. With the performer’s, maker’s, or creator’s identity withheld.
3. Lacking individuality or distinctiveness.
4. Obscuring someone’s identity, or allowing someone to go unnoticed.
Without being named or acknowledged.
A petty anonymous writer.
anthroponymy, anthroponym:
Personal names as a subject of study or the study of personal names.
antonym, antonymous, antonymic, antonymy:
A word (name) that means the opposite of another word (name).
A name that sounds like its owner’s occupation.
1. Literally, one’s own name as opposed to a pseudonym; hence, a book or work published under the author’s real name.
2. The name given to itself by a tribe or people, as distinguished from a name given by foreign tribes.
Having just two names.
caconym, caconymy, caconymic:
1. A taxonymic name that is objectionable for linguistic reasons.
2. The wrong (bad) name for something, especially in the classification of plants and animals.
A name given to a literary character that is descriptive of a quality or trait of the character; such as, “Long John Silver” for someone who is tall and has silver hair.
cryptonym, cryptonymic, cryptonymous:
A private or secret name.
dionym, dionymal:
A name consisting of two terms (as the names in zoology or botany, the two terms of which denote respectively the genus and species).
eponym, eponymic, eponymous, eponymy:
1. A person from whose name the name of a city, family, nation, disease, etc., is derived.
2. One who gives, or is supposed to give, his name to a people, place, or institution; e.g. among the Greeks, the heroes who were looked upon as ancestors or founders of tribes or cities.
3. Any ancient official whose name was used to designate his year of office.
A real or legendary person whose name has been used as an eponym.
ethnonym, ethnonymous, ethnonymy:
A proper name by which a people or an ethnic group is known.
euonym, euonymous, euonymy:
A name well suited to the person, place, or thing named; well named; properly named; a good name; a name that is apt or fitting.
1. A name by which one people or social group refers to another and by which the group so named does not refer to itself.
2. The name of a city or other place used in a foreign language which is not the same at the originating language; such as, Florence (English) for Firenze (Italian).
filionym, filionymic:
A name derived from that of a son.
heteronym, heteronymous:
1. A word having the same spelling as another, but a different sound and meaning: opposite of homonym and synonym.
2. A name of a thing in one language that is a translation of the name in another language.
A surname that is based on a sacred name; e.g., Joseph Saint John
Whole name. A word that names the whole of which a given word is a part (hat is a holonym for brim and crown).
homonym, homonymal, homonymic, homonymous:
1. The same name or word used to denote different things.
2. In philology, applied to words having the same sound, but differing in meaning; opposite of heteronym and synonym.
3. A person or thing having the same name as another; a “namesake”.
hypernym, hypernymy:
The semantic relation of belonging to a higher rank or class; for example, superordination.
hyponym, hyponymy:
A name made invalid by the lack of adequate contemporary description of the taxon it was intended to designate.
A medical term or medical nomenclature.
matronym, matronymic, metronym, metronymic:
A name derived from that of a mother or maternal ancestor.
metonym, metonymical, metonymous, metonymously, metonymy:
1. An additional name or epithet.
2. A figure of speech that consists of substituting the name of a thing for something closely related.
3. A rhetorical or stylistic device in which one thing is named or referred to by the name of another related thing; for exampe. the use of White House in referring to the presidential administration of the United States.
The use of short words in scientific nomenclature.
mononym, mononymic, mononymy:
A term (name) consisting of just one word.
Nomenclature of muscles.
An abbreviation that consists of the first letters of each word in a phrase and which is used when discussing a subject in a chat room or when writing an e-mail. Netcronyms are a quick way of telling people what you think; for example, IMO is a netcronym for “in my opinion”.
Nomenclature of nerves.
The name of a number or names of numbers.
onym, onymize, onymy:
A proposed term for a technical name, as of a species or other group in zoology, etc., forming part of a recognized system of nomenclature or classification.
onymous, onymity, onymously:
Having or bearing a name; of a writing. Bearing the name of the author; of an author who gives his/her name. The opposite of anonymous, and usually explicitly contrasted with it.
organonym, organonymic, organonymy:
The technical name of an organ.
paronymous, paronym, paronymic, paronymy:
1. A word formed from a word in another language.
2. Formation from a word in another language with but slight changes; adaptation of a foreign word to native word-types.
patronym, patronymic, paronymous, pronymy:
Of a personal or family name derived from the name of a father or ancestor, especially by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent.
pedonymy, paedonymy, pedonymic, paedonymic:
A name given to a person from that of his or her child.
An instrument used in map production for producing printed names photographically.
pecilonym, poecilonym, pecilonymic, poecilonymic, poecilonymy:
1. The simultaneous use of several names or synonyms for one thing.
2. One of various names for the same thing; a synonym or having a variety of names.
polynym, polyonymous, polyonymic, polyonymy:
1. Each of a number of different words having the same meaning.
2. The use of various names for one thing.
3. A scientific name (of a species, etc.) consisting of more than three terms.
The availability of different names for the same person or thing.
Named after; that from which another is named.
pseudonym, pseudonymic, pseudonymous:
1. A false or fictitious name, especially one that is assumed by an author.
2. Written under an assumed or fictitious name; bearing the name of some one other than the real author.
3. A name erroneously applied to some other species than that to which it properly belongs.
1. A combination of retro- + synonym; a term that distinguishes a subclass from members of a superclass, e.g., “snail mail” is a retronym coined by those for whom “mail” is likely to mean “e-mail”.
2. A term, such as acoustic guitar, coined in modification of the original referent (guitar) that was used alone, to distinguish it from a later contrastive development, again in reference to electric guitar.
3. A noun that has been forced to take on an adjective to stay up-to-date. For instance, real cream and live performance are retronyms for cream and performance that have been brought about with the advent of nondairy creamers and prerecorded performances.
synonym, synonymous, synonymy, synonymic, synonymity:
1. A word that means the same, or almost the same, as another word in the same language, either in all of its uses or in a particular context.
2. A word or expression that is used as another name for something in certain styles of speaking, or writing; or to emphasize a particular aspect or association.
3. Strictly, a word having the same sense as another (in the same language); more commonly, either or any of two or more words having the same general sense, or having different shades of meaning or implications appropriate to different contexts.
synonymize, synonymized, synonymizing:
To provide an analysis or listing of the synonyms of a word or expression.
A compulsion to call a spade successively “a garden implement” and “an earth-turning tool”. Coined by Theodore M. Bernstein in his The Careful Writer.
tautonym, tautonymous:
A scientific name in which the same word is used for genus and species (Chloris, chloris; the greenfinch). It is said that this practice is no longer approved by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
technonymy, teknonymy, technonymous, teknonymous:
The practice among certain people of naming a parent from his or her child.
Having four names.
toponym, toponymy, toponymous, toponymic, toponymist:
1. A place-name; a name given to a person or thing marking its place of origin; for example, “pharos” refers to a lighthouse and is based on Pharos, a peninsula in Northern Egypt, site of an ancient lighthouse built by Ptolemy, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
2. Long lists of personal names followed by those of the cities from which these persons came.
3. A descriptive place-name, usually derived from some topographical feature of the place.
4. The place-names of a country or district as a subject of study.
5. A scientific name for a part of the body.
trionym, trionymal:
A name consisting of three terms; a trinomial name in botany or zoology.
typonym, typonymal, typonymic:
A name based on a type or specimen.