Origin of byword
Examples from the Web for byword
It was a ghastly tragedy that rattled a nation and became a byword for anti-Semitism in France.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France|Tracy McNicoll|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At a time when “right to work” has become a byword for union-busting, this is radical indeed.12 Ways Catholicism is More Radical Than Pope Francis|Nathan Schneider|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Syndicated columnist Dan Savage even campaigned to turn “santorum” into a byword for sexual waste as revenge.
By Leo Mirani Drones have a terrible reputation, mostly because they have become a byword for death and destruction.
Has it not made him, glorious as he is despite of it, a byword in the mouths of every schoolboy?Eugene Aram, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In all parts of the country the "Carmen Kiss" became a byword.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man|Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
By camp-fires and on the march, in prison and in hospital, Carey the journalist had become a byword for coolness and endurance.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
Each in his turn domineered over his doting master, and made himself a byword for insolence and self-seeking.A History of England|Charles Oman
For years the names of oil king and iron master have been a hissing and a byword among the hot-heads in America.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
Word Origin for byword
also by-word, Old English biword "proverb," formed on the model of Latin proverbium or Greek parabole. Meaning "something that has become proverbial" is from 1530s.