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Examples of epithet in a Sentence
His charitable works have earned him the epithet “Mr. Philanthropy.”
Many were offended by her use of racial epithets.
a group of angry people hurling epithets at one another
Recent Examples of epithet from the Web
Police say the student was beaten and called a racial epithet.
Thousands of demonstrators, harassed by snow flurries and sleet, trudge along a downtown boulevard fringed by gaudy shops and shout epithets into the night.
The fake-news epithet, in the most extreme case, has even abetted a possible genocide.
His Web sites are astonishing; the epithet Mad Max comes to mind.
During the exchange, Estrada smirked at the young teen, and Jones got angry, using a racial epithet while telling the teen to shoot Estrada, prosecutors said.
Five students reportedly were present when, according to court records, one threw the watermelon and another yelled a racial epithet before the group drove away.
The final image shows a white man without a shirt on who has a racial epithet and swastikas drawn on his back.
In a new lawsuit, three former Tesla workers claim that they were routinely harassed and subjected to racial epithets during their time at the Fremont, California, factory.
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Did You Know?
Nowadays, "epithet" is usually used negatively, with the meaning "a derogatory word or phrase," but it wasn't always that way. "Epithet" comes to us via Latin from the Greek noun epitheton and ultimately derives from epitithenai, meaning "to put on" or "to add." In its oldest sense, an "epithet" is simply a descriptive word or phrase, especially one joined by fixed association to the name of someone or something (as in "Peter the Great" or the stock Homeric phrases "gray-eyed Athena" and "wine-dark sea"). Alternatively, epithets may be used in place of a name (as in "the Peacemaker" or "the Eternal"). These neutral meanings of "epithet" are still in use, but today the word is more often used in its negative "term of disparagement" sense.
Synonymsalias, byname, cognomen, nickname, handle, moniker (also monicker), sobriquet (also soubriquet), surname
Related Wordsappellation, denomination, denotation, designation, label, tag, title; anonym, nom de guerre, nom de plume, pen name, pseudonym
Near Antonymsaccolade, commendation, compliment; acclaim, applause, praise; adulation, flattery
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