Pronunciation: (bī'wûrd"), [key]
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.
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