I'm looking for any recognized name or perhaps to coin a term that that refers to a proper name given for a list of things that is regularly defined by the number of things in a list:

  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Five Stages of Denial

Has anyone heard of a name for what these are called?

If you had to come up with a name, what would it be? Enumeronym? (Hate pairing Latin and Greek roots, but...)


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"Enumeration" or "enumerated set" generally describes such a list. I'm not aware of any more precise word for it. As for creating a word for it, as you asked, I'd say you're on the right track using "enumerate" as the root word. "Enumerism" perhaps, which follows a similar construction as euphemism, criticism, etc.


You are probably the best off with enumeration.

But you could also use tally or plural, tallies depending on your style requirements.

See both enumeration and tally in the thesaurus.

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