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In Harry Potter, many of the characters refer to Harry by his _____________, "the Boy Who Lived."
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Epithet (n.)

A word or phrase used positively or negatively that characterizes or describes a person or thing, added to or replacing a name.


epithetic, epithetical (adj.)

Roots

tithenai (G) - to put

epi (G) - on, toward

Synoyms

Nickname

Sobriquet

Designation

Appellation

Title

Antonyms

No direct antonyms.

Anything that does not identify a person or thing.

Epitaph, Epigram, Epigraph

Epitaph - inscription on a gravestone

Epigram - short, witty statement

Epigraph - inscription on a building

Practice

A) J.R.R. Tolkien often uses epithets to describe his characters and add imagery to his books.

B) King Richard I is also known by the epithet Richard the Lionheart.

C) Our scientific studies have so far been purely epithetical.

D) The epithet "Alexander the Great" distinguishes King Alexander III of Macedon from King Alexander I of Serbia.