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Definition of BYWORD

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Byword \By"word`\, n. [AS. b["i]word; b["i], E. by + word.]
     1. A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency. [1913 Webster]

              I knew a wise man that had it for a byword. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     2. The object of a contemptuous saying.
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              Thou makest us a byword among the heathen. --Ps. xliv. 14 [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

116 Moby Thesaurus words for "byword":
     adage, ana, analects, aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, appellation, appellative, axiom, binomen, binomial name, burning shame, butt, byname, byword of reproach, catch phrase, catchword, cliche, cognomen, collected sayings, cry, cryptonym, current saying, denomination, derision, designation, dictate, dictum, dirty shame, disgrace, distich, dupe, empty title, epigram, epithet, eponym, euonym, expression, fad word, fair game, figure of fun, fool, game, gazingstock, gnome, goat, golden saying, handle, honorific, humiliation, hyponym, jest, jestingstock, joke, label, laughingstock, low-down dirty shame, maxim, mockery, moniker, monkey, moral, mot, motto, name, namesake, nomen, nomen nudum, oracle, parable, pet expression, phrase, pithy saying, precept, prescript, proper name, proper noun, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, reproach, saw, saying, scandal, scientific name, secret name, sentence, sententious expression, shame, shibboleth, slogan, sloka, sobriquet, stock, stock saying, style, sutra, tag, target, tautonym, teaching, text, title, toy, trinomen, trinomial name, verse, victim, vogue word, watchword, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word, words of wisdom


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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