Word of the Day – Jan. 5 – Epithet

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Noun: Epithet (EP-uh-thet)

Definition:

1. A characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing.

2. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase.

3. The part of a taxonomic name identifying a subordinate unit within a genus.

Sample sentence: The online message board’s terms of service prohibits any derogatory epithet.

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