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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. 2 an 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