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The expression name indicates a certain category of words that serve to designate persons and groups (peoples, classifications of peoples, families), localities (countries, places, mountains, rivers), things (animals, plants, stars, days of the weak, months and seasons, institutions, colors) and events (Waterloo, Bethlehem) in their individuality and singularity. Proper names (nomen proprium) refer to individual objects. This distinguishes them from…

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Oberlies, Thomas, “Name(s)”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 22 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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