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epithet -- as in: racial epithet
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as in: racial epithet Define
an insulting or abusive word or phrase
  • Both sides are hurling the Nazi epithet.
  • dare not touch him with a finger or an epithet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ...he got a certain satisfaction from believing that the citizens of Lincoln had meekly accepted the epithet "coarse barbarians."
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The child still struggled and loaded me with epithets which carried despair to my heart; I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • 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.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The taunting breaks out into a wild, savage dance, with epithets hurled at Anita, who is encircled...
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
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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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