synonymy [sɪˈnɒnəmi] n. also synonymia and scesis onomaton
1.) The use of several synonymous words or phrases to amplify or explain a term or subject, or to add force and clarity to a statement. Synonymia can be used for dramatic or comic effect (Garner's Modern American Usage 3rd Ed.).
Etymology: Adaptation of late Latin synōnymia, adopted from Greek συνωνυµία, from συνώνυµος, synonym (cf. French synonymie).
"He's not pining, he has passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! He has expired and gone to meet his maker! He's a stiff! Bereft of life, he rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed him to the perch, he'd be pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He's off the twig! He's kicked the bucket, he's shuffled off his mortal coil, rung down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible!" (The Parrot Sketch, John Cleese and Graham Chapman, 1969).
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