...you 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
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.