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[kom-puh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of addressing a person.
  2. manner or form of address; appellation.
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Origin of compellation

1595–1605; < Latin compellātiōn- (stem of compellātiō) an accosting, a rebuke. See com-, appellation
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Historical Examples

  • The compellation "God of my righteousness" is still mighty with God.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1

    A. Maclaren

  • Nothing could have been more appositely imagined than this compellation.

  • The compellation "Brethren" is itself a rebuke to such heartless pride.

British Dictionary definitions for compellation


  1. a rare word for appellation
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin compellātiō, from compellāre to accost, from appellāre to call
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