epithet noun definition in Linguistic devices topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

epithet

 noun: Linguistic devices topic
1 an adjective or phrase that is used to describe somebody/something’s character or most important quality, especially in order to give praise or criticism The film is long and dramatic but does not quite earn the epithet ‘epic’.2 (especially North American English) an offensive word or phrase that is used about a person or group of people Racial epithets were scrawled on the walls.

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