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Nickname (noun)

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Nicknáme. n.s. [nom de nique, French.] A name given in scoff or contempt; a term of derision; an opprobrious or contemptuous appellation.

The time was when men were had in price for learning; now letters only make men vile. He is upbraidingly called a poet, as if it were a contemptible nickname. Ben. Johnson.

My mortal enemy hath not only falsely surmised me to be a feigned person, giving me nicknames, but also hath offered large sums of money to corrupt the princes with whom I have been retained. Bacon's Hen. VII.

So long as her tongue was at liberty, there was not a word to be got from her, but the same nickname in derision. L'Estrange.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Jonson, Ben (70) · L'Estrange, Roger (131)

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