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What is the difference between Epitaph and Epithet?

Asked by E. Stanley, Last updated: Jun 04, 2020

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Anika Nicole, Wordsmith, PG In Journalism, New York

Answered Jan 17, 2020

The word Epitaph is a noun, and it is a phrase or words that are written in memory of someone who has passed away. Mostly it is used on a tombstone to commemorate a person's life. Sometimes it is depicted in the form of one of the deceased's favorite sayings or something that is personal to them.

However, the Epithet is simply a descriptive word or phrase that is usually joined and associated with a name like "William the Conqueror." In today's world, the epithet is often used disparagingly. An Epithet is also used to identify species, variety, and other subunits within a genus.

 

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