1. an additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in `Ferdinand the Great')
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How To Use agnomen In A Sentence

  • Men acquired names from some notable action or occurrence; such was the agnomen, and frequently the cognomen, of the Romans.
  • The agnomen Asricanus was bestowed upon Publius Cornelius Scipio, on account of his great achievements in Africa.
  • 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.
  • Despite his mystical belief in his luck (hence his agnomen Felix), despite his arrogance and ruthlessness, Sulla never aimed at permanent tyranny.
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