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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.
vocative (comparative more vocative, superlative most vocative)
- Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
- (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"
of or pertaining to calling
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vocative (plural vocatives)
- (grammar) The vocative case
- (grammar) A word in the vocative case
- (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.
- feminine plural of vocativo
- vocative masculine singular of voc?t?vus
- vocative in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- vocative in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
vocative n pl
- plural of vocativ