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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
Five months later, in the days before and the day of the fatal shooting, Jones continually referred to Neri using the racial epithet.
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.
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.
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.
Police at Eastern Michigan University are investigating to try to figure out who scratched racial epithets into the men's bathroom at the student center.
There were people who drove around Claremont with Confederate flag bumper stickers in the mostly white town of 14,000 and some instances of high schoolers using racial epithets during football games and on Facebook.
But despite the money that trans performers have made for producers, their work has been mired in cringe-worthy epithets, reductive stereotypes, and predictable (and often offensively non-representative) scenes for decades.
The book has been banned multiple times, according to the American Library Association, often at the request of black parents and students who were concerned about the book’s 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.
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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