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epithet
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The Idiot
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as in: racial epithet Define
an insulting or abusive word or phrase
  • I do not agree, in fact I am angry, when I hear you called an idiot; you are far too intelligent to deserve such an epithet; but you are so far STRANGE as to be unlike others; that you must allow, yourself.

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  • Both sides are hurling the Nazi epithet.
  • ...you dare not touch him with a finger or an epithet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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unspecified meaning
  • It may be said that these outbursts and epithets, such as "wet hen" (in which the maternal solicitude usually showed itself), only made Alexandra laugh.

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as in: racial epithet Define
an insulting or abusive word or phrase
as in: earned the epithet, "The Great" Define
a descriptor added to a person's name -- as in Alexander The Great or: 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

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