Definition of epithet in English:
- Judging by the epithet you've awarded him, I take it you weren't unduly impressed.
- The normal way round is the creation of an identifying tag, normally by a pertinent epithet or nickname - hence I would become Fat James, or Green James, or Elf.
- Among them was Bill Shankly accompanied, even here, by what have become his defining epithets: ‘the legend, the genius, the man‘.
- When we characterise these tendencies as centrist and opportunist, this is not some kind of epithet or swear word.
- In many people's minds free speech is a ‘right’ to hurl epithets at politically correct wusses, and to do so with no fear of having your fraternity suspended.
- Either she'll be touched to be rediscovered or she'll be very, very indignant and hurl ethnocentric epithets.
Late 16th century: from French épithète, or via Latin from Greek epitheton, neuter of epithetos 'attributed', from epitithenai 'add', from epi 'upon' + tithenai 'to place'.
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