epithet


epithet

noun

Definition of EPITHET

1
a descriptive or familiar name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to an individual <King Richard I of England was given the very laudatory epithet the Lion-Hearted>
Synonyms alias, byname, cognomen, epithet, handle, moniker (also monicker), sobriquet (also soubriquet), surname
2
an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings <the school has a strict ban against the use of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual epithets>
Synonyms affront, barb, brickbat, cut, dart, dig, dis (also diss) [slang], epithet, gird, indignity, name, offense (or offence), outrage, personality, poke, put-down, sarcasm, slap, slight, slur

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