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The name of a people or ethnic group.

eth′no·nym′ic adj.
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) the name of an ethnic group
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(ˈɛθ noʊ nɪm)
the name of a tribe, people, or ethnic group.
[1960–65; ethn (o)- + -onym]
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Barr's self-designation as President Donald Trump's defence attorney and fixer came as no surprise to those who recall how, as attorney general in President George HW Bush's administration, he helped to cover up the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980s.
It is a self-designation. He was referred to as Son of Man over 100 times in the Hebrew Bible.
Its bold self-designation as "a new history" particularly invites consideration of where this volume departs from previous syntheses.
De Stijl means "The Style," a dogmatic self-designation if ever there was one, yet the movement produced a striking range of work and was, of course, beset by its share of schisms.
"Given this self-designation [of specialty pharmacies], independent accreditation organizations can help a pharmacy develop and verify its capabilities to manufacturers and third-party payers," explains Fein, who finds that accreditation of specialty pharmacies is also on the rise.
One of the main ways my participants overcame their self-designation was through the establishment of a non-judgmental environment.
Most fundamentally, it is a name given to Inuit by outsiders rather than a self-designation, and it has come to be considered pejorative in some, though certainly not all, contexts.
While most of this chapter's content probably holds more appeal to epistolary specialists, the last section on different terms of address and self-designation in letters probes into the larger social network reflected in these letters and its mechanism.
This reflects the Old Testament self-designation of Yahweh (cf Is 43:3, Ex 3:14, etc.).
The self-designation of these people is heterogeneous and they often just refer to their clan name such as Kuro or Kirin.
This self-designation is important because some interpreters dislike calling Bonhoeffer a pacifist, thinking that it implies adherence to an ethical principle of nonviolence, which seems to run contrary to his repudiation of principle-based ethics.