Epithet - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈepɪθet|  American pronunciation of the word epithet
Brit.  |ˈɛpɪθɛt|  British pronunciation of the word epithet

noun

- a defamatory or abusive word or phrase (syn: name)
- descriptive word or phrase

Examples

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

All these epithets are honorific or humilific terms.

They pelted overseers with stones and epithets.

He hardly deserves the epithet 'fascist'.

Word forms

noun
singular: epithet
plural: epithets
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