word or phrase conventionally used to describe a certain person or thing (like vrukodara for Bhima, mrutyunjaya for Karna, yogeshvara for Krushna, raghunandana for Rama, etcetera)
In the Mahabharata, Bhima is frequently referred to with an epithet meaning "having a belly like a wolf's".
epi (in addition)#tithenai (to put, place, set) (Greek)
E+PIT+HET~>A PET name that HURTS. Concentrate on the latter part of the word, epiTHET (Threat): If someone threatens you, he's going to use abusive words. epithet = a + pithet -> a pathetic (person). pathetic is an adjective.