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Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]], from Greek ἐπίθετον (epitheton), adjective), the neuter of ἐπίθετος (epithetos), attributed, added), from ἐπιτιθέναι (epitithenai), to add on), from ἐπι- (epi-) + τιθέναι (tithenai), to put) (from Proto-Indo-European *dhe- (to put, to do)).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈɛp.ɪ.θɛt/, SAMPA: /"Ep.I.TEt/

Noun

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  1. A term used to characterize a person or thing.
    The adjective Terrible in Ivan the Terrible.
  2. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person.
    The Young Pretender for Charles Edward Stuart.
  3. An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
    The term faggot referring to homosexuals.
  4. (biology) A word in the scientific name of a taxon following the name of the genus or species. This applies only to formal names of plants, fungi and bacteria. In formal names of animals the corresponding term is the specific name.
    In Cannabis sativa the word sativa is a specific epithet.
    in Festuca ovina subsp. guestphalica the word guestphalica is an infraspecific epithet.

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