An example of an epithet is to refer to Alexander III, King of Macedon, as Alexander the Great.
Origin of epithet
- Latin epitheton from Greek neuter of epithetos added, attributed from epitithenai epithe- to add to epi- epi- tithenai to place dhē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French épithète, from Latin, from Ancient Greek ἐπίθετον (epitheton, “adjective”), the neuter of ἐπίθετος (epithetos, “attributed, added”), from ἐπιτιθέναι (epitithenai, “to add on”), from ἐπι- (epi-) + τιθέναι (tithenai, “to put”) (from Proto-Indo-European *dhe- (“to put, to do”)).