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Definition of epithet noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an adjective or a phrase that is used to describe someone/something's character or most important quality, especially in order to give praise or criticism The movie is long and dramatic but does not quite earn the epithet “epic.”
  2. 2an offensive word or phrase that is used about a person or group of people Racial epithets were scrawled on the walls.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: epithet