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  • Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding—joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust.

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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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