compellation

noun
com·​pel·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce compellation (audio) , -ˌpe-\

Definition of compellation

1 : an act or action of addressing someone

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Examples of compellation in a Sentence

apparently no one dares to enter the world of professional wrestling without a catchy compellation

First Known Use of compellation

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compellation

Latin compellation-, compellatio, from compellare to address, from com- + -pellare (as in appellare to accost, appeal to)

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The first known use of compellation was in 1603

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