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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
Loyd responded with an epithet about the detective’s mother.
The host’s remarks, including the epithet, were scripted, a spokeswoman for TBS said.
In a lawsuit filed Monday … Teshawn Solomon, who is black, said white supervisors called him a racial epithet and compared him to a monkey.
Historically, the use of apes to describe black people has been used as a racial epithet to dehumanize and degrade black and brown people globally.
Bracamontes called Holmes, who is African American, a racial epithet.
The suit claims this happened in front of a crowd of people and that Bieber also used racial epithets.
Hayes said the graffiti in each case included a racially insulting epithet written on the inside of bathroom stall doors.
The only deputy who testified denied throwing Wright to the ground or using racial epithets after responding to a neighbor's complaint about a fight between two of Wright's relatives during a family gathering.
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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.
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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