An expression that, in addition to an obvious meaning,
carries a second, subtle meaning (often at variance with the ostensible
Related Topics of Invention
Adianoeta is a kind of irony, since it uses terms that imply a different
meaning than they denote; however, adianoeta counts on carrying both
its meanings, playing off how different audiences will understand the
same locution (one, literally; the other, ironically).
Like adiamonta, allegory employs both the surface meaning or literal
use of words as well as the symbolic meanings of words.
Since this topic of invention explores how language is used, it is related
to what double meanings words and phrases can have.