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1  —as in:
racial epithet
Definition an insulting or abusive word or phrase
  • Both sides are hurling the Nazi epithet.
epithet = an insulting or abusive word or phrase
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • He said that the POWs had complained of "trifle things" and had used epithets to refer to the Japanese.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • epithets = insulting or abusive words or phrases
  • The taunting breaks out into a wild, savage dance, with epithets hurled at Anita, who is encircled...
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • epithets = insulting or abusive words or phrases
  • 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
  • epithets = insulting or abusive words or phrases
  • 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
epithet = an insulting or abusive word or phrase

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2  —as in:
earned the epithet, "The Great"
Definition a descriptor added to a person's name — as in Alexander The Great


a phrase used in place of a name or word — such as:  The Big Apple for New York, The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln, or man's best friend for dog
  • George Washington is known by the epithet, "Father of our Country".
epithet = 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
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The cardinals denied he was Pope and ordered that he stop using papal epithets.
  • 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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Less commonly:
In botany, a specific epithet or epithet is the word identifying the species.
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