vocative

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Middle English [Term?], borrowed from Middle French vocatif, from Latin vocātīvus (for calling); a calque of Ancient Greek κλητῐκή (klētikḗ, for calling; vocative case) – from vocāre (to call), from Proto-Indo-European *wokʷ-, o-grade of *wekʷ- (give vocal utterance, speak). See Latin vōx.

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Adjective[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

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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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocative

  1. feminine plural of vocativo

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vocātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of vocātīvus

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Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

vocative n pl

  1. plural of vocativ