- an inscription, especially on a building, statue, or the like.
- an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc.
Origin of epigraph
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Examples from the Web for epigraph
Richie Havens, 72 Who opened Woodstock, and thus became the epigraph to the ultimate document of the 1960s?The Deaths You Missed This Year
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December 30, 2013
The author quotes Shelby Foote for the epigraph: “Southerners are very strange about that war.”The Best Civil War Books
April 15, 2011
But the presidential narrator—and perhaps Giscard himself—reply in the epigraph: “Promise kept.”The Princess and the President
September 23, 2009
In the same chapel is shown an arm of Titus Livius, with this epigraph.The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)
This aphorism might serve as an epigraph to Tristrem Varick.Eden
That of the long poem afterwards called Anactoria has neither a title nor the Greek epigraph from Sappho.Aspects and Impressions
It bears this Epigraph, "Ecce Ego admirationem faciam populo huic, miraculo grandi et stupendo."Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
The head is well cut; the features have individuality and expression; the epigraph is sufficiently legible.
- a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme
- an inscription on a monument or building
C17: from Greek epigraphē; see epigram
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Word Origin and History for epigraph
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