- Epithet is defined as a term used to give a characteristic to whatever or whomever is being described.
An example of epithet is to say women are weak.
epithet definition by Webster's New World
- an adjective, noun, or phrase, often specif. a disparaging one, used to characterize some person or thing (Ex.: “egghead” for an intellectual)
- a descriptive name or title (Ex.: Philip the Fair; America the Beautiful)
Origin: Classical Latin epitheton ; from Classical Greek literally , that which is added ; from epitithenai, to put on, add ; from epi-, on plush tithenai, to put, do
epithet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.b. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person, such as The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln.
- An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
- Biology 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, as sativa in Lactuca sativa.
Origin: Latin epitheton, from Greek, neuter of epithetos, added, attributed, from epitithenai, epithe-, to add to : epi-, epi- + tithenai, to place; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- epˌi·thetˈic, epˌi·thetˈi·cal adjective