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Name (noun)

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Name. n.s. [nama, Saxon; naem, Dutch; anam, Erse.]

  1. The discriminative appellation of an individual.

    What is thy name?
    Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.
    No: though thou call'st thyself a hotter name
    Than any is in hell.
    My name's Macbeth.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    He called their names after the names his father had called them. Gen. xxvi. 18.

    I know thee by name. Ex. xxxiii. 17.

  2. The term by which any kind or species is distinguished.

    What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
    By any other name would smell as sweet.

    If every particular idea that we take in, should have a distinct name, names must be endless. Locke.

  3. Person.

    They lift with women each degen'rate name,
    Who dares not hazard life for future fame.

  4. Reputation; character.

    The king's army was the last enemy the west had been acquainted with, and had left no good name behind. Clarendon, b. viii.

  5. Renown; fame; celebrity; eminence; praise; remembrance; memory; distinction; honour.

    What men of name resort to him?
    Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier;
    And Rice ap Thomas with a valiant crew,
    And many others of great name and worth.

    Visit eminent persons of great name abroad; to tell how the life agreeth with the fame. Bacon's Essays, №. 19.

    Here rest thy bones in rich Hesperia's plains,
    Thy name, 'tis all a ghost can have, remains.

                A hundred knights
    Approv'd in fight, and men of mighty name.

    These shall be towns of mighty fame,
    Tho' now they lie obscure, and lands without a name.
    Dryden, Æn. vi.

    Bartolus is of great name; whose authority is as much valued amongst the modern lawyers, as Papinian's was among the ancients. Baker's Reflect. on Learning.

  6. Power delegated; imputed character.

            In the name of the people,
    And in the power of us the tribunes, we
    Banish him.
    Shakespeare's Coriolanus.

  7. Fictitious imputation.

    When Ulysses with fallacious arts,
    Had forg'd a treason in my patron's name,
    My kinsman fell.
    Dryden, Æn.

  8. Appearance; not reality; assumed character.

    I'll to him again, in the name of Brook;
    He'll tell me all his purpose.
    Sha. Mer. W. of Windsor.

    There is a friend which is only a friend in name. Ecclus. xxxvii.

  9. An opprobrious appellation.

    Bids her confess; calls her ten thousand names;
    In vain she kneels.
    Granvil's Poems.

    Like the watermen of Thames
    I row by, and call them names.
    Swift's Miscel.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Baker, Thomas (10) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ecclesiasticus (27) · The Bible - Exodus (25) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Granville, George (23) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Irish (Erse) (11) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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