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epithet (word picture)

Definition:

descriptive word or phrase

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

epithets

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"descriptive name for a person or thing", from Middle French épithète or...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of epithet...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Epithet | byname

a descriptive term accompanying or occurring in place of a name and having entered common usage. It can be described as a glorified nickname. It has various shades of meaning when applied to seemingly real or fictitious people, divinities, objects, and... (41 of 1321 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Epithet

Collins Dictionary:

epithet | epithetic [derived] | epithetical [adjective, derived]

a descriptive word or phrase added to or substituted for a person's name (13 of 488 words, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epithet

Merriam-Webster:

epithet | expression [synonym, sense-specific] | alias [synonym, sense-specific] | byname [synonym, sense-specific] | cognomen [synonym, sense-specific] | nickname [synonym, sense-specific] | handle [synonym, sense-specific] | moniker [synonym, sense-specific] | sobriquet [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the ... | [obsolete] "expression" (15 of 177 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epithet

American Heritage Dictionary:

epithet | epithetic [adjective, related] | epithetical [adjective, related]

A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as "rosy-fingered" in "rosy-fingered dawn" or "the Great" in "Catherine the Great". | A term used ... (25 of 170 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epithet

Britannica Encyclopedia:

epithet [literature]

an adjective or phrase that is used to express the characteristic of a person or thing, such as Ivan the Terrible. In literature, the term is ... (26 of 108 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/190396​/epithet

Wiktionary:

epithet | epithets [plural] | cognomen [synonym, sense-specific]

A term used to characterize a person or thing. | A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person. | An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase. | [biology] A word in the scientific name of a taxon following the name of the... (46 of 103 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epithet

Oxford Dictionary:

epithet | epithetic [derived] | epithetical [derived]

an adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned | an epithet used as a term of ... (25 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epithet

Random House Dictionary:

epithet

any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality. | a characterizing word or phrase firmly associated with ... (25 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/epithet

New World Dictionary:

epithet | epithetic [related]

an adjective, noun, or phrase, often specifically a disparaging one, used to characterize some person or thing (Ex.: "egghead" for an intellectual) | ... (22 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epithet

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epithet [countable] | epithets [plural]

a word or phrase that describes the main quality of someone or something ; [United States] an offensive or insulting name for someone (23 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epithet

Cambridge Dictionary:

epithet [formal]

an adjective added to a person's name or a phrase used instead of it, usually to criticize or praise them (20 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epithet

Encarta Dictionary:

epithet | epithets [plural]

an abusive insulting word or phrase | a descriptive word or phrase added to or substituted for the name of somebody or something, highlighting a ... (24 of 106 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608894​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

epithet

First use: 1570s

Origin: "descriptive name for a person or thing", from Middle French épithète or directly from Latin epitheton, from Greek epitheton ... (20 of 45 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=epithet

Wiktionary:

epithet | epithets [plural]

Origin: Latin, from Ancient Greek ἐπίθετον (epitheton, "adjective"), the neuter of ἐπίθετος (epithetos, "attributed, added"), from ἐπιτιθέναι (epitithenai, "to add on"), from... (21 of 34 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epithet

American Heritage Dictionary:

epithet

Origin: Latin epitheton, from Greek, neuter of epithetos, added, attributed, from epitithenai, epithe-, to add ... (14 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epithet

Oxford Dictionary:

epithet

First use: late 16th century

Origin: French épithète, or via Latin from Greek epitheton, neuter of epithetos "attributed", from epitithenai "add", from epi "upon" + tithenai "to place"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epithet

New World Dictionary:

epithet

Origin: Latin epitheton from Greek, literally, that which is added from epitithenai, to put on, add from epi-, on + tithenai, to put, "do"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epithet

Merriam-Webster:

epithet

First use: 1579

Origin: Latin epitheton, from Greek, from neuter of epithetos added, from epitithenai to put on, add, from epi- + tithenai to put

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epithet

Collins Dictionary:

epithet

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin epitheton, from Greek, from epitithenai to add, from tithenai to put

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epithet

Encarta Dictionary:

epithet | epithets [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Directly or via French épithète from Latin epitheton "something added" from Greek epitheto, past participle of epitithenai ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608894​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

epithet

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epithet"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epithet

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epithet [countable] | epithets [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "epithet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epithet

Macmillan American Dictionary:

epithet [countable] | epithets [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epithet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/epithet

Cambridge Dictionary:

epithet [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "epithet"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "epithet"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epithet

the Free Dictionary:

epithet

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "epithet"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "epithet"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "epithet" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/epithet

Google Dictionary:

epithet | epithets [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "epithet"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

epithet

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epithet"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=epithe​11 word=epithet

YourDictionary Audio:

epithet

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epithet" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epithet

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