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Appointment, by nomination rather than election, to a governing body (especially the Senate), or to a position of higher status.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Bagnell Bury (1861–1927), classical scholar and historian. From post-classical Latin adlection-, adlectio (also allection-, allectio) election to a particular honour or office from classical Latin allēct-, past participial stem of allegere to elect, to select, appoint + -iō.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.