An expression that, in addition to an obvious meaning, carries a second, subtle meaning (often at variance with the ostensible meaning).

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  • irony
    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).
  • allegory
    Like adiamonta, allegory employs both the surface meaning or literal use of words as well as the symbolic meanings of words.
Related Topics of Invention
  • Notation and Conjugates
    Since this topic of invention explores how language is used, it is related to what double meanings words and phrases can have.

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