View definitions for byword


Discover More

Example Sentences

Columbine became a byword for a distinctly American form of danger and, in the law-enforcement world, the need for immediate efforts to confront active shooters.

From Time

Friedman said “caution has been a byword” in his long handling of the case but it was time for Hinckley to be set free.

Flying cars are almost a byword for the misplaced optimism of technologists, but recent news suggests their future may be on slightly firmer footing.

Robinhood, the brokerage that has become a byword for the boom in retail trading, is planning to go public.

From Quartz

Soon their sweeping machine was outselling their cups and saucers and Bissell became a byword for floor cleaners—by royal appointment too!

It was a ghastly tragedy that rattled a nation and became a byword for anti-Semitism in France.

At a time when “right to work” has become a byword for union-busting, this is radical indeed.

Syndicated columnist Dan Savage even campaigned to turn “santorum” into a byword for sexual waste as revenge.

By Leo Mirani Drones have a terrible reputation, mostly because they have become a byword for death and destruction.

But he marred it all by a temper so ungovernable that in Paris there was current a byword, "Explosive as Garnache."

For years the names of oil king and iron master have been a hissing and a byword among the hot-heads in America.

A prince may be the byword of all Europe, yet he alone know nothing of it.

And besides, when folk talk of a country covered with troops, it's but a kind of a byword at the best.

Had not the justice of the strong become a byword and a loathing?


On this page you'll find 41 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to byword, such as: adage, aphorism, apophthegm, axiom, catchphrase, and catchword.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.