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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
Others said Burle’s actions, if unchecked, contribute to incidents like what happened last month in New Hampshire, when an 8-year-old boy was taunted with racial epithets and then hanged with rope from a tire swing, according to the Washington Post.
According to a criminal complaint against Frank Nucera Jr., who resigned in January, the former chief espoused violence toward African-Americans, using the N-word and other epithets.
Five months later, in the days before and the day of the fatal shooting, Jones continually referred to Neri using the racial epithet.
President Trump used a crude epithet in a reference last month to the protesting players, saying they should be fired, and the N.F.L. is pushing players to stand.
The student said someone used a racial epithet against him before he was beaten by several people.
Though often signifying low birth, these uses have no connection to color or — aside from the frequent use of the epithet to put down the French — to nationality.
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.
Every day their white classmates pelted them with stones and shouted the requisite racist epithets.
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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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