Definition of paranym in US English:

paranym

noun

  • 1A near synonym. rare.

  • 2A euphemistic word or phrase whose literal sense is contrary to the reality of what it refers to, used especially to disguise or misrepresent the truth about something.

Origin

1960s. From para- + -nym; compare -onym. Compare earlier paronym.

Pronunciation

paranym

/ˈparənɪm/