epithet

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 epithet — An epithet is an adjective indicating some quality or attribute (good or bad) which the speaker or writer (or the verdict of history) regards as characteristic of a person or thing, eg Charles the Bold, Ethelred the Unready, Philip the Good,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 Epithet — Ep i*thet, v. t. To describe by an epithet. [R.] [1913 Webster] Never was a town better epitheted. Sir H. Wotton …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 epithet — index blasphemy, call (title), term (expression) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 epithet — 1570s, descriptive name for a person or thing, from M.Fr. épithète or directly from L. epitheton, from Gk. epitheton something added, adjective often used as noun, from neut. of epithetos attributed, added, from epitithenai to add on, from epi in …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 epithet — [n] nickname appellation, description, designation, name, sobriquet, tag, title; concept 683 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 epithet — ► NOUN ▪ a word or phrase expressing a quality or attribute of the person or thing mentioned. ORIGIN Greek epitheton, from epitithenai add …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 epithet — [ep′ə thet΄, ep′əthət] n. [L epitheton < Gr, lit., that which is added < epitithenai, to put on, add < epi , on + tithenai, to put, DO1] 1. an adjective, noun, or phrase, often specif. a disparaging one, used to characterize some person… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Epithet — An epithet (from Greek ἐπίθετον epitheton , neut. of ἐπίθετος epithetos , attributed, added [ [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2339438 Epithetos, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 epithet — epithetic, epithetical, adj. /ep euh thet /, n. 1. any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality: Richard the Lion Hearted is an epithet of Richard I. 2. a characterizing word or phrase firmly… …

    Universalium

  • 11 epithet —  strictly speaking, describes a word or phrase that is used in place of a name. Calling Tarzan King of the Jungle is to employ an epithet. More commonly nowadays, however, epithet is used to describe an abusive or contemptuous utterance. A few… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 12 epithet — n. a harsh, offensive, vile epithet * * * [ epɪθet] offensive vile epithet a harsh …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 epithet — [[t]e̱pɪθet[/t]] epithets N COUNT: usu with supp An epithet is an adjective or short phrase which is used as a way of criticizing or praising someone. [FORMAL] ...the religious issue which led to the epithet bible basher …

    English dictionary

  • 14 epithet — UK [ˈepɪθet] / US [ˈepɪˌθet] noun [countable] Word forms epithet : singular epithet plural epithets a) a word or phrase that describes the main quality of someone or something b) mainly American an offensive or insulting name for someone racial… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 epithet — ep•i•thet [[t]ˈɛp əˌθɛt[/t]] n. 1) a characterizing word or phrase added to or used in place of the name of a person or thing 2) a word, phrase, or expression used invectively as a term of abuse or contempt • Etymology: 1570–80; < L epitheton… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 epithet — Characterizing term or name. [G. epithetos, added, fr. epi + tithemi, to place] specific e. in bacteriology, the second part of the name of a species; it is not, by itself, a name; the name of a bacterial species consists of two parts, the… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 epithet — ep|i|thet [ˈepıθet] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: epitheton, from Greek, from epitithenai to put on, add ] a word or short phrase used to describe someone, especially when praising them or saying something unpleasant about them ▪ He hardly …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 epithet — [16] Etymologically, an epithet is a word that is ‘put on’ to or ‘added’ to another. The term comes from Greek epítheton, which meant literally ‘addition’, but was used by Greek grammarians for ‘adjective’. It was a derivative of epitithénai ‘put …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 epithet — noun (C) an adjective or short phrase used to describe someone, especially when praising or blaming them: He hardly deserves the epithet fascist …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 epithet — noun Marion is better known by his epithet, the Swamp Fox Syn: sobriquet, nickname, byname, title, name, label, tag; description, designation; informal moniker, handle; formal appellation, denomination …

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