byword definition

  • noun:
    • A proverbial phrase; a proverb.
    • An often-used word or expression.
    • One that signifies a sort, course, or high quality: "Polyester got its déclassé reputation when you look at the 1970s after low priced, defectively made double-knit leisure matches became a byword for bad taste” ( Fortune).
    • An object of notoriety or interest: The eccentric poet had been a byword in literary sectors.
    • An epithet.
    • a proverb or proverbial appearance, typical saying; a frequently used word or phrase
    • a person who, or something represents some thing with specified traits, byspel
    • An object of notoriety or contempt.
    • a nickname or epithet
    • an object of scorn or derision
    • A common saying; a proverb; a saying which has a general currency.
    • The object of a contemptuous stating.
    • A word or term made use of proverbially; specifically, a saying found in mockery or disparagement; a satirical or contemptuous proverb.
    • therefore An object of basic reproach or condemnation; a standard topic of derision or opprobrium.
    • Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
    • a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important reality of expertise which taken as true by many individuals

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