VCR Lesson 2 Presentation

Janhvi Kulkarni

Fill in each blank with the most appropriate word from Lesson 2. Use a word or any of its forms only once.

1. The ___________ of "star-crossed lovers" in literature has become almost synonymous with the characters Romeo and Juliet because of how well their story fits the description.
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n. A word or phrase used positively or negatively that characterizes or describes a person or thing, added to or replacing a name


tithenai - to put

You put a word or phrase in place of or next to a person or thing that describes/characterizes it.

epi - toward

The descriptor word or phrase points you toward the accurate characterization of the person or thing.


epithetic - adj.

epithetical - adj.

Can be used interchangeably.


description, appellation, designation, alias


insult, opposite, antithesis

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"Gandalf the Grey" used to be the epithet for the man speaking in the video, but after he goes through a transformation, "Gandalf the White" is the epithet that more accurately describes him.

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.

a. "Catherine the Great" was an epithet used to refer to Catherine II, ruler of Russia, because of all that she accomplished.

b. Because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior, Richard I of England was referred to by the epithet of "Richard the Lionheart."

c. Dogs are loyal to their owners, and this common belief epithetized them as "man's best friend."

d. Abraham Lincoln was given the epithet of "The Great Emancipator" by the American people after his success in freeing slaves during the Civil War.

C is incorrect because "epithetized" is not an actual variation of the word "epithet." You cannot form the verb in that way.