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Meaning of byword

by•word

Pronunciation: (bī'wûrd"), [key]
— n.
  1. a word or phrase associated with some person or thing; a characteristic expression, typical greeting, or the like.
  2. a word or phrase used proverbially; common saying; proverb.
  3. an object of general reproach, derision, scorn, etc.: His crimes will make him a byword through the ages.
  4. an epithet, often of scorn.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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