An adjective expressing some quality, attribute, or relation, that is properly or specially appropriate to a person or thing; as, a just man; a verdant lawn.
Term; expression; phrase.
a word or phrase that is added to the name of a person or thing describing a characteristic attribute, e.g., swift-footed Achilles.
a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing; a disparaging or abusive word or phrase; an adjectival characterization of someone.
(OALD) adjective or descriptive phrase that refers to the character or most important quality of sb/sth eg Alfred the Great.
In the ICBN, a word that, when combined with the name of a genus, forms the name of an infrageneric taxon (e.g., species, subgenus, section, series) or, when combined with the name of a species, forms the name of an infraspecific taxon (e.g., subspecies, variety, form). The BC also uses the term "epithet" but only at and below the species rank.
a negative word or phrase used to describe a person or thing.
a descriptive phrase used in addition to or in place of a name for a person or thing. "City of Light" is an epithet for Paris and "Bard of Avon" is an epithet for Shakespeare. Poets, notably Homer, have used epithets to make their meter come out right. Beware of using epithets too freely in prose. Do not call your protagonist "the red-haired genius" simply because you are tired of calling him Mike. Confusion will result if you refer to characters only by epithets and vary the epithets at every reference.
a defamatory or abusive word or phrase; "sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me"
an abusive or insulting word or phrase, of which I find none (much less countless) in my email to you
a term or phrase used to characterize the nature of a character, an object, or an event
a word in the scientific name of an animal or plant, following the name of the genus and denoting a species , variety , or other division of the genus , e
a word or phrase added -to or substituted for the name of a deity or person
a word or phrase written in front of the name of a set (not an expression)
a word used with the purpose of informing the reader more clearly of a certain object
a word which makes the reader see the object described in a clearer or sharper light
An adjective or phrase used to express the characteristic of a person or thing in poetry (e.g. rosy-fingered dawn).
An adjective or adjectival phrase, usually attached to the name of a person or thing, such as "Richard the Lion-Hearted," Milton's "ivy-crowned Bacchus" in " L'Allegro," or Homer's "rosy-fingered dawn." Sidelight: With epithets, poets can compress the imaginative power of many words into a single compound phrase. Sidelight: An epithet may be either positive or negative in connotation or allusion and sometimes may be freshly coined, like a nonce word, for a particular circumstance or occasion.(Compare Antonomasia, Kenning, Periphrasis)
A descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something.
A descriptive phrase, a noun, or an adjective used to define a distinctive quality of a person or thing. Example: John Keats' "silver snarling trumpets" in " The Eve of St. Agnes" is an epithet.
A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as a person's title.
Adjective expressing quality or attribute. Homer frequently linked adjectives and nouns to create epithets e.g. 'swift-footed Achilles' or 'rosy-fingered dawn'.
An epithet (Greek - ÎµÏ€Î¹Î¸ÎµÏ„Î¿Î½ and Latin - epitheton; literally meaning 'imposed') is a descriptive word or phrase that has become a fixed formula. It has various shades of meaning when applied to real or fictitious people, divinities, objects and biological nomenclature. It also means a derogatory word or phrase used to insult someone.