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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
These statues aren’t preaching or shouting out some kind of crazy epithets or something.
Witnesses said the street was filled with people opposed to the white nationalists, who had come to town bearing Confederate flags and anti-Semitic epithets.
The word is deployed constantly as an epithet intended to discourage those with knowledge of the West Wing's inner workings from sharing that information with the public.
Maher dropped a racial epithet right before voting began, and then got royally educated the following week by guest Ice Cube.
The insults and epithets reduce people to the thing the president best understands: media brands.
The hateful epithets awoke the nation, with Republicans, Democrats, women and men all chiming in to denounce the tweets.
The cover, by Chaykin, features a Pakistani man hanging by a noose, with his genitalia exposed and mutilated, and a name badge pinned to his chest bearing a racial epithet.
And then there’s the Williams sisters’ 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after crowds in 2001 booed, hurled racial epithets and accused them of fixing matches.
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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
EPITHET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epithet for English Language Learners
: a word or phrase that describes a person or thing
: an offensive word or name that is used as a way of abusing or insulting someone
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