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Relating to or denoting the giving of a name.
eponymous, identifyingView synonyms
- ‘The poetry in this period is marked by the use of appellative and patriotic themes.’
- ‘A word of warning, appellative names within the Society tend to be awarded by others often out of the recipient's own injudicious utterances.’
A common noun, such as ‘doctor’, ‘mother’, or ‘sir’, used as a vocative.
name, title, term, designation, epithet, label, tag, style, sobriquet, nickname, bynameView synonyms
- ‘There are some thirteen appellatives in this section of his epistle, and all are true of every saint of God.’
- ‘The number of appearances of the rest of the 260 terrain-related appellatives has not been counted.’
- ‘The number following each proper name indicates the number of appellatives assigned to that person.’
- ‘Observe how clearly the author states that all these appellatives employed as names of God came into existence after the Creation.’
- ‘With regard to appellatives, it is only the use of capital letters that bears resemblance to German writing conventions.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin appellativus, from appellat- ‘addressed’, from the verb appellare (see appeal).
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