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  1. the study or science of epigraphs or inscriptions, especially of ancient inscriptions.
  2. inscriptions collectively.
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Origin of epigraphy

First recorded in 1850–55; epigraph + -y3
Related formse·pig·ra·phist, e·pig·ra·pher, noun
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Historical Examples of epigraphy

  • As authorities on ancient Indian epigraphy no others rank higher.

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

    David Eugene Smith

  • Beneath them beat an intense desire to know about epigraphy—all about it.

    Mr. Achilles

    Jennette Lee

  • The literature which deals with the science of epigraphy is very large.

  • Sanskrit did not oust Javanese as the language of epigraphy, poetry and even religious literature.

  • The science of palaeography deals with the former, while epigraphy is concerned with the latter.

British Dictionary definitions for epigraphy


  1. the study of ancient inscriptions
  2. epigraphs collectively
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Derived Formsepigraphist or epigrapher, noun
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