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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
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.
As Loyola romped through a 24-2 regular season, some fans hurled epithets and objects at the players.
There was name-calling at Marshall; their center [mouthed] racial epithets on the floor.
There are lots of epithets for people like this — Grammar Nazis, Usage Nerds, Syntax Snobs, the Language Police.
Police had to escort young African-American children into schools as jeering crowds shouted racial epithets and threatened to attack.
The Democratic senators on the committee then questioned Bounds about his college writings, quoting from some of the most alarming passages filled with racial 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.
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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