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Characterizing term or name.
[G. epithetos, added, fr. epi- + tithēmi, to place]


a. A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.
b. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person, such as The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln.
2. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase.
3. Biology A word in the scientific name of an organism following the name of the genus and denoting a species, subspecies, variety, or cultivar, as sativa in Lactuca sativa.

ep′i·thet′ic, ep′i·thet′i·cal adj.
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Thus, the climax was, according to him, the marching figure; the hyperbaton, the insertour; and the epitheton, the qualifier.
Truely such is the stupendious (to vse a strange Epitheton for so strange and rare a place as this) glory of it, that at my first entrance thereof it did euen amaze or rather rauish my senses.
Judging from Ghimire's treatment of the literary tradition or past the formal and contentual changes seem to justify the granting of the epitheton.