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epithet — as in:  racial epithet

Both sides are hurling the Nazi epithet.
an insulting or abusive word or phrase
epithet — as in:  earned the epithet, "The Great"

George Washington is known by the epithet, "Father of our Country".
a descriptor added to a person’s name — as in Alexander The Great


a phrase used in place of a name or word — such as:
  • The Big Apple for New York
  • The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln
  • man’s best friend for dog

In botany, a specific epithet or epithet is the word identifying the species.
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