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Meaning of EPITHET

Pronunciation:  'epu`thet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a defamatory or abusive word or phrase; "sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me"
  2. [n]  descriptive word or phrase

EPITHET is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: name
 See Also: calumny, characterisation, characterization, defamation, delineation, depiction, hatchet job, obloquy, picture, smear word, traducement, word picture, word-painting



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             A prince [Henry III.] to whom the epithet
             ``worthless'' seems best applicable.  --Hallam.
    2. Term; expression; phrase. ``Stiffed 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.
  2. \Ep"i*thet\, v. t.
    To describe by an epithet. [R.]
          Never was a town better epitheted.       --Sir H.
Thesaurus Terms
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