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Nouns that can be applied to a group of overlapping but not necessarily exclusive objects.

Less precise than a synonym

A euphemism that conceals more than it reveals

Taxonomic names that may be confused due to similarity of spelling.
e.g., car, suv, truck; son, brother, husband

"The paranym 'enhanced interrogation' has been used to deflect the ugly reality of torture."

"Lacey's new vehicle was neither a car nor a truck, so she chose the use the paranymous 'SUV' to describe it."
by camptisam August 06, 2011