- hic jacet (Latin)
- lines on a gravestone
To commemorate by an epitaph.
Other Word Forms of Epitaph
Origin of Epitaph
Middle English from Old French epitaphe from Latin epitaphium from Greek epitaphion from neuter of epitaphios funerary epi- epi- taphos tomb
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Old French epitafe, from Latin epitaphium (“eulogy”), from Ancient Greek ἐπιτάφιος (epitaphios, “relating to a funeral”), from ἐπί (epi, “over”) + τάφος (taphos, “tomb”).
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