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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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"Shoeless Joe" is an epithet applied to legendary White Sox outfielder Joe Jackson.
Thinking of Homer's formulaic epithets in this light, I wonder if they are more than just a mnemonic device from an oral tradition, but instead offer something along the lines of the ison.
Friends, if anyone gives you epithets, I suggest that you should inform your school principal or teachers or parents/guardians who take care of you.
In the case of names based on two plants belonging to the same genus, the suffix indicating rank is appended to the stem of the genus after a connecting vowel; this is followed by both specific epithets, the stem of the first followed by a connecting vowel, linked to the second epithet with a hyphen.
Lastly, the epithets. In this passage Smith retains only those which in her view serve a literary purpose or about which she has another type of comment to make.
It is perhaps worth noting here before pressing on that, although for the sake of clarity I have previously offered separate treatments of epithets (Croom 2008) and slurs (Croom 2010; Croom 2011; Croom 2012; Croom 2013; Croom 2014a; Croom 2014b; Croom under review), I do not deny that an overarching account for both epithets and slurs remains an open possibility (see for instance the discussion in Croom 2008, pp.
Forty-one-year-old Alshaibi, who was born in Baghdad but grew up in Iowa City, said that the men called him an epithet, a term used to refer to Arabs and 'Osama bin Laden', and assaulted him before he managed to escape.
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294-295), which is frequently rendered by designating the person in terms of traits ("your miser of a father"), emotions ("she whose fury pursued you through childhood"), and epithets ("this hero ...").
The men are accused of raping and beating the victim while hurling anti= -Semitic epithets such as =93stinking Jewess.=94
Nor do you have to be gay to be made queasy by homophobia, Muslim to flinch at "towel-head"-type epithets, female to be sickened by sexism, or black to speak out against racism.
For the past three-plus decades, journalists have uniformly felt obligated--as though ordered by some invisible Central Committee--to lard all of their "news" reports and editorials on Pinochet with demonizing epithets and invective.