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4 definitions found
 for epithet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Epithet \Ep"i*thet\, n. [L. epitheton, Gr. ?, fr. ? added, fr. ?
     to add; 'epi` upon, to + ? to put, place: cf. F.
     ['e]pith[`e]te. See Do.]
     1. An adjective expressing some quality, attribute, or
        relation, that is properly or specially appropriate to a
        person or thing; as, a just man; a verdant lawn.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A prince [Henry III.] to whom the epithet
              "worthless" seems best applicable.    --Hallam.
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     2. Term; expression; phrase. "Stuffed with epithets of war."
        --Shak.
  
     Syn: Epithet, Title.
  
     Usage: The name epithet was formerly extended to nouns which
            give a title or describe character (as the "epithet of
            liar"), but is now confined wholly to adjectives. Some
            rhetoricians, as Whately, restrict it still further,
            considering the term epithet as belonging only to a
            limited class of adjectives, viz., those which add
            nothing to the sense of their noun, but simply hold
            forth some quality necessarily implied therein; as,
            the bright sun, the lofty heavens, etc. But this
            restriction does not prevail in general literature.
            Epithet is sometimes confounded with application,
            which is always a noun or its equivalent.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Epithet \Ep"i*thet\, v. t.
     To describe by an epithet. [R.]
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           Never was a town better epitheted.       --Sir H.
                                                    Wotton.
     Epithetic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  epithet
      n 1: a defamatory or abusive word or phrase [syn: name,
           epithet]
      2: descriptive word or phrase

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "epithet":
     abuse, appellation, appellative, binomen, binomial name,
     blackguard, byword, call names, catchword, cognomen, cryptonym,
     curse, cuss, cuss out, cuss word, damn, denomination, designation,
     device, dirty name, dirty word, dysphemism, empty title, epigraph,
     epithetize, eponym, euonym, expletive, foul invective, handle,
     honorific, hyponym, inscription, label, moniker, motto, name,
     namesake, naughty word, no-no, nomen, nomen nudum, oath, obscenity,
     profane oath, proper name, proper noun, revile, scientific name,
     secret name, slogan, style, swear at, swearword, tag, tag line,
     tautonym, title, trinomen, trinomial name, vilify, vituperate,
     watchword
  
  

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