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1 a descriptive or familiar name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to an individual
  • King Richard I of England was given the very laudatory epithet "the Lion-Hearted"

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2 an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • the school has a strict ban against the use of offensive epithets

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The first known use of epithet was in 1579

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“Epithet.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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