Vocative
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Vocative

English

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Etymology

From Late Middle English [Term?], borrowed from Middle French vocatif, from Latin voc?t?vus ("for calling"); a calque of Ancient Greek ? (kl?tik?, "for calling; vocative case") – from voc?re ("to call"), from Proto-Indo-European *wok?-, o-grade of *wek?- ("give vocal utterance, speak"). See Latin v?x.

Pronunciation

Adjective

vocative (comparative more vocative, superlative most vocative)

  1. Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
  2. (grammar) Used in address; appellative (said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed). For example "Domine, O Lord"

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Translations

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Noun

vocative (plural vocatives)

  1. (grammar) The vocative case
  2. (grammar) A word in the vocative case
  3. (rare) Something said to (or as though to) a particular person or thing; an entreaty, an invocation.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 50:
      [T]he two latter will hardly come neither, if they think it will be to hear your whining vocatives.

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See also


Italian

Adjective

vocative

  1. feminine plural of vocativo

Latin

Adjective

voc?t?ve

  1. vocative masculine singular of voc?t?vus

References


Romanian

Noun

vocative n pl

  1. plural of vocativ

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