Com`pel*la"tion (?), n. [L. compellatio, fr. compellare to accost, fr. compellere. See Compel.]

Style of address or salutation; an appellation.

"Metaphorical compellations."

Milton.

He useth this endearing compellation, "My little children." Bp. Beveridge.

The peculiar compellation of the kings in France is by "Sire," which is nothing else but father. Sir W. Temple.

 

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