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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

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  • ...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
  • 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: 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

  • George Washington is known by the epithet, "Father of our Country".
  • The cardinals denied he was Pope and ordered that he stop using papal epithets.

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  • Hall swept off into a diatribe against the "gambler’s paradise," which was his epithet for the United States.
    Jack London  --  The Valley of the Moon
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  • Oh, how I regret That she can’t hear you use that epithet.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • She was a poetess of profanity, an oracle of epithets who could outcuss a bathroom wall.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • My mother taught that only white trash used the more explosive, more satisfying epithet to describe black people.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • However, Areida was laughing, which made it seem the worst of epithets.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • "I should think one of those epithets would do at a time," said Mary, trying to smile, but feeling alarmed.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I remonstrated, in allusion to the epithet and the vigorous emphasis Miss Jellyby set upon it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Soft is the very word for her eye—of all epithets, the justest that could be given.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The shop-boys in the neighbourhood had long been in the habit of branding Noah in the public streets, with the ignominious epithets of ’leathers,’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • We need hardly say that many of those who gave him this epithet repeated it because they had heard it, and did not even know what it meant.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Langdon glanced over at him, wondering if every Frenchman had a mysterious animal epithet.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The skipper shouted with rasping effort offensive epithets from where he sat at the oar.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He glared—I smiled; hound was the very mildest epithet that had reached me through the open window.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • When I had kicked him out of our home in Corpus Christi, he had left grumbling epithets at me.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • They had a rapid altercation, in which they fastened upon each other various strange epithets.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Duchene senior is ferocious; but what epithet will you allow me for the elder Letellier?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Beautiful is an epithet often used in Scripture, and always mentioned with honour.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Dad’s vicious slurred epithets came through too loud and too clear.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • These epithets are a problem for the translator, since English poetry is so much less free with them than Greek.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Homer gives the god his ceremonial epithet, khrusorrapis, "with wand of gold."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The latter is known, and without exaggeration in the epithet, as the Great Mutiny.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • During a heated game outside Atlanta, players and even some parents directed a vulgar racial epithet at Fugees players from the sideline.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Porter, Guitar, Freddie the janitor, and three or four other men were exploding, shouting angry epithets all over the room.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • In fact he seldom cursed, and the epithets he chose were dull, even harmless.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • The patient was much more deserving of that epithet while under the hands of Mohegan, than while suffering under the practice of the physician.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Under the circumstances, neither of these epithets could be considered wide of the mark.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Why when he passed them did his classmates whisper "stukach," the cruel and bitter epithet of informer?
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But Virgil had a command of epithets beyond that of any modern poet.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • MARTHA: (An unspoken epithet) You .
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Sometimes it was a single well-chosen epithet.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Babcock had related this incident to Newman, and our hero had applied an epithet of an unflattering sort to the young girl.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It had been many a day now since she had ventured a caress or a fondling epithet in his quarter.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • This profession in America has constantly been held in honour, and more successfully than elsewhere has put forward a claim to the epithet of "liberal."
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • "Good Christian people" was the most cynical epithet in Zeke’s repertoire.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Grumbling a few disinterested epithets, they moved away.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • 1, "The Homeric Formula," and Paolo Vivante, The Epithets in Homer: A Study in Poetic Values (New Haven and London, 1982).
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Most of the names in Homer and many common nouns have epithets: ships are often "black" or "swift," the sea is "winedark."
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • And yet, at other times, an epithet seems to be used with special emphasis.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Infamous!" said Mme. Bonacieux, addressing this epithet to her husband.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Jones’ epithet was the most perjorative curse of electronics people.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Tristram accordingly secured for him an apartment to which this epithet might be lavishly applied.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Marie seldom called Pecola the same thing twice, but invariably her epithets were fond ones chosen from menus and dishes that were forever uppermost in her mind.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Napoleon apparently remembered seeing him on the battlefield and, addressing him, again used the epithet "young man" that was connected in his memory with Prince Andrew.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On the other hand, he will gloss epithets when a literal translation might sound slightly inappropriate.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • From that moment on, to his dismay, he was nicknamed Kalle Blomkvist by his peers—an epithet employed with taunting provocation, not unfriendly but not really friendly either.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Many might take for their device the epithet STRONG, which formed the second part of his motto, but very few gentlemen could lay claim to the FAITHFUL, which constituted the first.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This was a purely imaginative insult, which had secured itself as truth, however, in Gant’s mind, as had so many other stock epithets, because it gave him heart-cockle satisfaction.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • ’And you, you worthless — ’ he broke out as I entered, turning to his daughter-in-law, and employing an epithet as harmless as duck, or sheep, but generally represented by a dash — .
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Philip in his happier moods indulged Tom to the top of his bent, heightening the crash and bang and fury of every fight with all the artillery of epithets and similes at his command.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Guard and killer burst through the door and into the street where another crowd had gathered shrieking questions and epithets and cries of bad joss — misfortune for the establishment.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He was accustomed to say that Papists required an epithet, they were Roman Catholic; but the Church of England was Catholic in the best, the fullest, and the noblest sense of the term.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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