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epigraphy

[ih-pig-ruh-fee]
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noun
  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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Examples from the Web for epigraphy

Historical Examples

  • 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

epigraphy

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