By-word



a word or phrase associated with some person or thing; a characteristic expression, typical greeting, or the like.
a word or phrase used proverbially; common saying; proverb.
an object of general reproach, derision, scorn, etc.:
His crimes will make him a byword through the ages.
an epithet, often of scorn.
Historical Examples

The Sapphire Cross George Manville Fenn
The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
Hester’s Counterpart Jean K. Baird
The Heart of the White Mountains, Their Legend and Scenery Samuel Adams Drake
Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
The Iliad Homer
Skinner’s Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
Our Battery Orlando P. Cutter
The History of “Punch” M. H. Spielmann

noun
a person, place, or thing regarded as a perfect or proverbial example of something: their name is a byword for good service
an object of scorn or derision
a common saying; proverb
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