Epitaph meaning

ĕpĭ-tăf
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A short composition in prose or verse, written as a tribute to a dead person, past event, etc.
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A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person.
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An inscription on a tomb or gravestone in memory of the person buried there.
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The definition of an epitaph is an inscription or written tribute in memory of a person on a tombstone or in a piece of literature.

An example of an epitaph is a loving poem written about a deceased friend.

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An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there.
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(intransitive) To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.
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To commemorate by an epitaph.
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An inscription on a gravestone in memory of the deceased.
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A poem or other short text written in memory of a deceased person.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary