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Oct 5, 2011
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hebephrenia
retrodiction
onomasticon
anosognosia
keening

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onomasticon

PRONUNCIATION:
(on-uh-MAS-ti-kon)

MEANING:
noun: A dictionary of names, especially personal names or place names.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek onomastikos (of names), from onoma (name). Earliest documented use: 1710.

USAGE:
"Even the ancient onomasticon was of no help to her. While she was able to find all sorts of names for mythological and religious figures who aided and abetted the human world, there was no name to be found for what he did."
Manya Steinkoler; The Body Retriever; Literature & Psychology; Jan 2002.

See more usage examples of onomasticon in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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