Appellative

Definition of Appellative

Ap`pel´la`tive
a.1.Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming.
2.(Gram.) Common, as opposed to proper; denominative of a class.
n.1.A common name, in distinction from a proper name. A common name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth. A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie.
2.An appellation or title; a descriptive name.
God chosen it for one of his appellatives to be the Defender of them.
- Jer. Taylor.

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denotative, denotive, naming
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