Épithet. n.s. [ἐπίθετον.]
- An adjective denoting any quality good or bad: as, the verdant grove, the craggy mountain's lofty head.
I affirm with phlegm, leaving the epithets of false, scandalous and villainous to the author. Swift.
- It is used by some writers improperly for title, name.
The epithet of shades belonged more properly to the darkness than the refreshment. Decay of Piety.
- It is used improperly for phrase, expression.
For which of my good parts did you first suffer love for me?
— Suffer love! a good epithet: I do suffer love indeed; for I love thee against my will. Shakespeare.