English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle French , from épithète , from Latin Ancient Greek ἐπίθετον ( epítheton, “ epithet, adjective ” ), the neuter of ἐπίθετος ( epíthetos, “ attributed, added ” ), from ἐπιτίθημι ( epitíthēmi, “ to add on ” ), from ἐπι- ( epi-, “ in addition ” ) + τίθημι ( títhēmi, “ to put ” ) (from Proto-Indo-European *dhe- ( “ to put, to do ” )).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
IPA (: key) /ˈɛp.ɪ.θɛt/ Hyphenation:
Examples (term to characterize)
the Terrible in Ivan the Terrible
Examples (biology: part of scientific name of plants, fungi and bacteria)
epithet ( plural ) epithets
term used to characterize a person or thing. A term used as a
descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person. One of many formulaic words or phrases used in
Iliad and the Odyssey to characterize a person, a group of people, or a thing. An
abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
2006, Eric L. Goldstein, The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity:
Part of this process was the elaboration of new terms for the Jew, especially the increasingly popular epithet “kike”.
( taxonomy ) A word in the scientific name of a taxon following the name of the genus or species. This applies only to formal names of plants, fungi and bacteria. In formal names of animals the corresponding term is the specific name.
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Translations [ edit ]
term used to characterize a person or thing
term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person
abusive or contemptuous word or phrase
word in the scientific name of a taxon following the name of the genus or species
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