Origin of epithet
Examples from the Web for epithet
When they get on the road, they find their place of birth is now an epithet.Latinos Encounter a New ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Situation in California|Nicolaus Mills|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is very common for conservatives to use “latte-sipping” as an epithet.
Finally the epithet of "deathless" gets some explanation, stemming from Golovan's fearless ministrations during a plague.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov|Benjamin Lytal|April 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Michael Clarke Duncan did not like the epithet “gentle giant.”‘Bones’ Creator Hart Hanson on Working with Michael Clarke Duncan|Hart Hanson|September 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Who knows, because he waves away the entire discussion with the epithet “grotesque.”
How often are they branded with this epithet of madness and folly?The Anatomy of Melancholy|Democritus Junior
Attractive, rather than handsome, was the epithet best suited to describe Adeline Mowbray.Adeline Mowbray|Amelia Alderson Opie
This epithet was commonly used to denote the strongest and liveliest interest in any thing or person, for or against.Hamlet|William Shakespeare
Had poor Schubart always been in such hands, the epithet 'poor' could never have belonged to him.The Life of Friedrich Schiller|Thomas Carlyle
Nor is there anything now to be gathered from the traditions at Vienna which justifies the epithet.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for epithet
Word Origin for epithet
Word Origin and History for epithet
1570s, "descriptive name for a person or thing," from Middle French épithète or directly from Latin epitheton, from Greek epitheton "something added," adjective often used as noun, from neuter of epithetos "attributed, added," from epitithenai "to add on," from epi "in addition" (see epi-) + tithenai "to put" (see factitious).