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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: epitheton, from Greek, from epitithenai 'to put on, add'

epithet

noun
     
ep‧i‧thet [countable]
a word or short phrase used to describe someone, especially when praising them or saying something unpleasant about them:
He hardly deserves the epithet 'fascist'.

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