Associations to the word «Epithet»


EPITHET, noun. A term used to characterize a person or thing.
EPITHET, noun. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person.
EPITHET, noun. An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
EPITHET, noun. (taxonomy) A word in the scientific name of a taxon following the name of the genus or species. This applies only to formal names of plants, fungi and bacteria. In formal names of animals the corresponding term is the specific name.

Dictionary definition

EPITHET, noun. A defamatory or abusive word or phrase.
EPITHET, noun. Descriptive word or phrase.

Wise words

Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.
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