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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Name \Name\ (n[=a]m), n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG.
   namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn,
   Goth. nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere,
   gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. 'o`mona, Scr. n[=a]man.
   [root]267. Cf. Anonymous, Ignominy, Misnomer,
   Nominal, Noun.]
   1. The title by which any person or thing is known or
      designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of
      an individual or a class.
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            Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that
            was the name thereof.                 --Gen. ii. 19.
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            What's in a name? That which we call a rose
            By any other name would smell as sweet. --Shak.
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   2. A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person
      or thing, on account of a character or acts.
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            His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
            mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
            Peace.                                --Is. ix. 6.
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   3. Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation;
      fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable
      estimation; distinction.
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            What men of name resort to him?       --Shak.
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            Far above . . . every name that is named, not only
            in this world, but also in that which is to come.
                                                  --Eph. i. 21.
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            I will get me a name and honor in the kingdom. --1
                                                  Macc. iii. 14.
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            He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin.
                                                  --Deut. xxii.
                                                  19.
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            The king's army . . . had left no good name behind.
                                                  --Clarendon.
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   4. Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
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            The ministers of the republic, mortal enemies of his
            name, came every day to pay their feigned
            civilities.                           --Motley.
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   5. A person, an individual. [Poetic]
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            They list with women each degenerate name. --Dryden.
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   Christian name.
      (a) The name a person receives at baptism, as
          distinguished from surname; baptismal name; in
          western countries, it is also called a first name.
      (b) A given name, whether received at baptism or not.

   Given name. See under Given.

   In name, in profession, or by title only; not in reality;
      as, a friend in name.

   In the name of.
      (a) In behalf of; by the authority of. " I charge you in
          the duke's name to obey me."            --Shak.
      (b) In the represented or assumed character of. "I'll to
          him again in name of Brook."            --Shak.

   Name plate, a plate as of metal, glass, etc., having a name
      upon it, as a sign; a doorplate.

   Pen name, a name assumed by an author; a pseudonym or {nom
      de plume}. --Bayard Taylor.

   Proper name (Gram.), a name applied to a particular person,
      place, or thing.

   To call names, to apply opprobrious epithets to; to call by
      reproachful appellations.

   To take a name in vain, to use a name lightly or profanely;
      to use a name in making flippant or dishonest oaths. --Ex.
      xx. 7.
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   Syn: Appellation; title; designation; cognomen; denomination;
        epithet.

   Usage: Name, Appellation, Title, Denomination. Name
          is generic, denoting that combination of sounds or
          letters by which a person or thing is known and
          distinguished. Appellation, although sometimes put for
          name simply, denotes, more properly, a descriptive
          term (called also agnomen or cognomen), used by
          way of marking some individual peculiarity or
          characteristic; as, Charles the Bold, Philip the
          Stammerer. A title is a term employed to point out
          one's rank, office, etc.; as, the Duke of Bedford,
          Paul the Apostle, etc. Denomination is to particular
          bodies what appellation is to individuals; thus, the
          church of Christ is divided into different
          denominations, as Congregationalists, Episcopalians,
          Presbyterians, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Christian \Chris"tian\, a.
   1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian
      people.
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   3. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian
      court. --Blackstone.
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   4. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind;
      kindly; gentle; beneficent.
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            The graceful tact; the Christian art. --Tennyson.
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   Christian Commission. See under Commission.

   Christian court. Same as Ecclesiastical court.

   Christian Endeavor, Young People's Society of. In various
      Protestant churches, a society of young people organized
      in each individual church to do Christian work; also, the
      whole body of such organizations, which are united in a
      corporation called the United Society of Christian
      Endeavor, organized in 1885. The parent society was
      founded in 1881 at Portland, Maine, by Rev. Francis E.
      Clark, a Congregational minister. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

   Christian era, the present era, commencing with the birth
      of Christ. It is supposed that owing to an error of a monk
      (Dionysius Exiguus, d. about 556) employed to calculate
      the era, its commencement was fixed three or four years
      too late, so that 1890 should be 1893 or 1894.

   Christian name, the name given in baptism, as distinct from
      the family name, or surname.
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