Friday, April 20, 2012
Definitions for agnomen
- A nickname.
- An additional, fourth name given to a person by the ancient Romans in allusion to some achievement or other circumstance, as “Africanus” in “Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus.”
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Citations for agnomen
He was thin in person and low in stature, with light sandy-colored hair, and small pale features, from which he derived his agnomen of Bean or white.
Successful Roman generals were frequently given an agnomen celebrating the source of their victories.
Origin of agnomen
Agnomen comes from the Latin tradition of adding a fourth nickname to someone's given name. Ag- is a variation of the prefix ad- meaning "to" or "near." Nomen means "name."