epithet epithet  /ˈɛ pə ˌθɛt/


  1. (n) a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
  2. (n) descriptive word or phrase


  1. Keith was always riding roughshod over his teammates and it earned him the epithet of bulldozer.
  2. The racial epithet that the TV commentator used against a foreigner cost him his job.
  3. Dave confounded the critics who had given him the epithet of slowcoach by winning the race.


  1. Corbett cabinet member fired over email containing racial epithet

    HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett fired a member of his cabinet on Thursday over a email in which a racial epithet was used, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  2. Out in the Tropics has evolved along with gay rights

    Once a bigoted epithet, “queer” was reclaimed by the gay-rights movement as a proudly defiant self-description. But theater artist Taylor Mac, who will perform in the annual Out in the Tropics festival this week, prefers another definition: “Someone who was ostracized by society at an early age to such a degree they could never ostracize anyone else.”
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Miami Herald


  1. "It became an epithet for people who didn't like me. I've never been known as a cheerleader," Novak said, "though, I had a terrific time fulfilling all my youthful dreams and at the same time making life miserable for hypocritical, posturing...
    on Oct 10, 2007 By: Robert Novak Source: Ventura County Star

  2. "I never asked for a trade," Jones said Saturday. "Was I uncomfortable with some things that happened? Of course. Was I uncomfortable having a ball thrown at me? Was I uncomfortable being called a [racial epithet]? Yes. But I never asked for...
    on Feb 17, 2007 By: Jacque Jones Source: MLB.com

  3. Flugennock said he saw the contest as a chance to tell the world "that there is 'another America' that sees through the policies of the Israeli state and isn't afraid of reactionaries' trying to tar them with the epithet 'anti-Semite.'"
    on Mar 13, 2006 By: Mike Flugennock Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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