[ US /ˈɛpəˌθɛt/ ]
[ UK /ˈɛpɪθɪt/ ]
  1. a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
  2. descriptive word or phrase
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How To Use epithet In A Sentence

  • Excepting his quaint epithets which he affects to render literally from the Greek, a language above all others blest in the happy marriage of sweet words, and which in our language are mere printer's compound epithets -- such as quaffed divine Literary Remains, Volume 1
  • Thoas rules [8] the land, o'er barbarians, [Thoas,] who guiding his foot swift as the pinion, has arrived at this epithet [of Thoas, i.e. _the swift_] on account of his fleetness of foot. The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.
  • When we characterise these tendencies as centrist and opportunist, this is not some kind of epithet or swear word.
  • He noticed that most of the other words were racist epithets or the standard obscenities.
  • It is pretty clear that they were to some extent under the influence of pique and irritation when they noticed his deviations from the established faith, and applied to him the epithet of "babbler;" but Paul was not the man to be put down either by irony or insult; and at length it was found necessary to allow him a fair opportunity of explaining his principles. The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution
  • Judging by the epithet you've awarded him, I take it you weren't unduly impressed.
  • The reason for this highly appreciative epithet is probably that de Gennes has succeeded in perceiving common features in order phenomena in very widely differing physical systems, and has been able to formulate rules for how such systems move from order to disorder. Press Release: The 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • A Cordelier has no hesitation in applying the epithet of blasphemer to a Dominican who says that the Holy Virgin was born in original sin, notwithstanding that the Dominicans have a bull from the pope which permits them to teach the maculate conception in their convents, and that, besides this bull, they have in their forum the express declaration of St. Thomas Aquinas. A Philosophical Dictionary
  • Politically he was naïvely ambitious and factious; he owes the epithet ‘Good’ only to his patronage of men of letters, including Lydgate and Capgrave.
  • Over the next seven decades, as pro sports increasingly became the city's remaining portal into the nation's consciousness, you could add the epithet "boorish" to "boring" -- there were snowballs at Santa Claus (sort of) and catcalls for just about anyone. Will Bunch: How Philadelphia Got Its Groove Back -- And Why N.Y. Is Jealous
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