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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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