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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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The activists also say Russian Federation authorities are seeking to change the Crimean Tatars' ethnonym, that is the name given to a specific ethnic group.
(1.) The ethnonym 'Karen' (or Kayin) is a collective term for approximately twenty ethnolinguistic subgroups that inhabit a large area stretching from Myanmar's Ayeyarwady (or Irrawaddy) River delta to the plains of Thailand's Chao Phraya River.
And yet it is not impossible that the name originates in an ethnonym. According to the Place Name Archive, there are farms with a name containing the Taani-component in four parishes.
A few years ago, it took me quite some effort to convince several well-versed scholars that the perennial negative connotation associated with the proud ethnonym Han [phrase omitted] was an unacknowledged legacy of the lowly socio-political status of the Han people, especially the Confucian literati, during the Northern Dynasties.
Though the concept of itz played a role in the thought of the Highland and Southern Lowland cities as well, its place in the thought of Northern Yucatan was uniquely important: cultural manifestations of itz in that region included the god Itzamna, the major role of the sage/seer (itzam), and the ethnonym adopted by the people of Chichen Itza (also given to their city), the Itza.
Thus, Rohingya would mean the same as "Arakanese." It is also likely that the word "Rohingya" was not widely used as an ethnonym until recently and that it was done with a political purpose--as is the case with any ethnonym; ethnic identities are inherently political.
Of those 154, we selected the 33 most stable ones and performed manual coding of 30 posts in each, documenting topic/post metadata (10 variables), topics (three variables per topic), posts (five variables per post), and all ethnonyms in the posts (12 variables per ethnonym).
Rather than looking at the emergence of these debates in the context of vernacular theories of ethnicity, the book simply assumes the validity of the "Dayak Tidung" ethnonym and a corresponding primordial "Dayak" ethnicity.
Charney, a University of London scholar who specializes in South East Asian studies, wrote in his paper Buddhism in Arakan: Theory and Historiography of the Religious Basis of the Ethnonym that the "Rohingya [.] are compelled to thrive under really testing conditions where even their personal lives are under strict state scrutiny.