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 (hī-pŏk′ə-rĭz′əm, hī′pə-kôr′ĭz′əm)
1. A name of endearment; a pet name.
2. The use of such names.

[Late Latin hypocorisma, from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai, to call by endearing names : hupo-, beneath, secretly; see hypo- + korizesthai, to caress (from koros, boy or korē, girl; see ker- in Indo-European roots).]

hy′po·co·ris′tic (hī′pə-kə-rĭs′tĭk) adj. & n.
hy′po·co·ris′ti·cal·ly adv.


(ˌhaɪ pə kəˈrɪs tɪk)

1. endearing, as a pet name or diminutive.
2. a hypocoristic term; pet name or diminutive.
[1600–10; < Greek hypokoristikós, derivative of hypokorízesthai to call by endearing names =hypo- hypo- + kór(ē) girl, or kór(os) boy + -izesthai -ize; see -istic]
hy`po•co•ris′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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Each name in the onomasticon is evaluated for the following categories: name, full name (including patronym), prefixed theophoric element (if present), suffixed theophoric element (if present), hypocoristicon (for hypocoristic theophoric names), and artifact (the catalog number of the artifact where the name appears).
Baker (2002: 6) considers double names to be roughly equivalent to "alternative names or 'nicknames.--However, we would understand the term "nickname" to lie closer to the rubric of hypocoristicon (a shortened form of the personal name).
Unfortunately, the hypocoristicon Agiya was somewhat common (De Martino 2011: 35, 63, 75, 77), so it is impossible to know 1) if Agiya is a shortened form of Agi-Tesob in particular, and, if so, 2) whether this Agiya/Agi-Tesob was the copyist of KUB 4.53.