A fourth name occasionally given as an honor to an ancient Roman citizen: he earned the agnomen “Coriolanus” by conspicuous bravery in battle Compare with nomen, cognomen, praenomen.
More example sentences
- Marcius was the only man in Roman history to serve as censor twice, a feat for which he earned the agnomen Censorinus.
- The author Petronius adds an "-anus" to his proud agnomen and exposes the ostentatious front of his hero, revealing his slave ancestry.
- The agnomen Asricanus was bestowed upon Publius Cornelius Scipio, on account of his great achievements in Africa.
mid 17th century: Latin, from ad 'to' + gnomen, nomen 'name'.
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