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Sunday, April 01, 2001


\ap-uh-LAY-shun\ , noun;
The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
The act of naming.
For as long as Olympia can remember, her mother has been referred to, within her hearing and without, as an invalid -- an appellation that does not seem to distress her mother and indeed appears to be one she herself cultivates.
-- Anita Shreve, Fortune's Rocks
A communist or a revolutionary, for example, would likely readily accept and admit that he is in fact a communist or a revolutionary. Indeed, many would doubtless take particular pride in claiming either of those appellations for themselves.
-- Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism
I feel honored by yet undeserving of the appellation "novelist." I am merely a craftsperson, a cabinetmaker of texts and occasionally, I hope, a witness to our times.
-- Francine Du Plessix Gray, "I Write for Revenge Against Reality", New York Times, September 12, 1982
Appellation comes from Latin appellatio, from appellare, "to name."
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