n. calling upon by name; manner in which person is addressed.
   ♦ compellative, a.;
  n. name by which person is addressed.

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  • Compellation — Com pel*la tion, n. [L. compellatio, fr. compellare to accost, fr. compellere. See {Compel}.] Style of address or salutation; an appellation. Metaphorical compellations. Milton. [1913 Webster] He useth this endearing compellation, My little… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compellation — [käm΄pə lā′shən] n. [L compellatio < compellare, to accost, address < L compellere: see COMPEL] Now Rare APPELLATION …   English World dictionary

  • compellation — noun Etymology: Latin compellation , compellatio, from compellare to address, from com + pellare (as in appellare to accost, appeal to) Date: 1603 1. an act or action of addressing someone 2. appellation 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • compellation — /kom peuh lay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of addressing a person. 2. manner or form of address; appellation. [1595 1605; < L compellation (s. of compellatio) an accosting, a rebuke. See COM , APPELLATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • compellation — ˌkämpəˈlāshən, ˌpeˈ noun ( s) Etymology: Latin compellation , compellatio, from compellatus (past participle of compellare to accost, from com + pellare as in appellare to address) + ion , io ion more at appeal 1. : an act or action of addressing …   Useful english dictionary

  • compellation — noun a) The act of directing oneself directly to another b) A designation, identifying name or title …   Wiktionary

  • compellation — n. act of addressing a person by name n. name, title, designation, appellation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • compellation — n. Style of address, ceremonious title, formal appellation …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • compellation — com·pel·la·tion …   English syllables

  • compellation — com•pel•la•tion [[t]ˌkɒm pəˈleɪ ʃən[/t]] n. 1) the act of addressing a person 2) manner or form of address; appellation • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L compellātiō accosting, rebuke. See com , appellation …   From formal English to slang

  • compellation — /kɒmpəˈleɪʃən/ (say kompuh layshuhn) noun 1. the act or manner of addressing a person. 2. form of address or designation; appellation. {Latin compellātio} …  

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