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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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Other variants of the same verb that also connote similar perceptions of the sexual act that evince the pepertuation of the patriarchal project include the verbs /Ndakamukwira/ 'I mounted/rode her' and the epithetic /Ndakakakwira/ 'I mounted/rode *it/her'.
Although, I have to admit I was hoping for a higher epithetic level akin to James J.