a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site.
a brief poem or other writing in praise of a deceased person.
to commemorate in or with an epitaph.
- ep·i·taph·ic [ep-i-taf-ik], /ˌɛp ɪˈtæf ɪk/, adjective
- ep·i·taph·ist, noun
- ep·i·taph·less, adjective
- un·ep·i·taphed, adjective
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How to use epitaph in a sentence
We got to know each other 25 years ago on the occasion of his first book, epitaph for a Peach, a memoir about a farm passed down from father to son and the son’s determination not to plow under an old variety of the fruit.
The fact that the epitaphs are painted directly onto or close by to the tombs makes them a valuable repository of information about the previous occupants of the tombs.Why Are There Christian Crosses in Jewish Graves From Ancient Rome? | Candida Moss | October 24, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Rizzolli’s success in that September auction is just one of many examples that disprove the epitaphs written for the NFT market after it receded from its dizzying peak this spring.As the NFT Market Explodes Again, Artists Fend Off Old Art-World Power Structures | Andrew R. Chow | October 15, 2021 | Time
The future of movies is unwritten—but let’s get through this harvest, a rich one, before we chisel the epitaph.How This Fall Could Shape the Future of Moviegoing | Stephanie Zacharek | September 14, 2021 | Time
Still, infiltration of militants from Pakistan has not stopped completely, and experts point out it’s too early to write the epitaph of Kashmir’s militancy — at least 26 armed fighters have entered Kashmir this year.
When he ended Vieux Carré with the stage direction, “The house is empty now,” Lahr somberly terms it “an augury and an epitaph.”John Lahr’s Biography Perfectly Captures Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Greatness | Wendy Smith | September 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the unlikely event McConnell loses his reelection bid, I already know the title for his political epitaph: Shameless.
Weil believes they are a fitting epitaph to a man often described as the most influential British publisher of his generation.If You Had One Year to Live, How Would You Spend It? | Edward Platt | November 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
So he entitled one of his earlier books, thus already authoring his own epitaph.Christopher Hitchens: A Young Contrarian Salutes Him | Max McGuinness | December 18, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
A stone mason was employed to engrave the following epitaph on a tradesman's wife: "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband."The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Here—stop and look—is the epitaph of one, a considerable fellow in his day, a barrister of the Middle Temple.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
He was sumptuously buried in Kensal Green, where a marble pedestal carries his portrait and his epitaph.
The following epitaph given by Maitland commemorates a martyrdom of this reign.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
While digging here in 1856, De Rossi found the important epitaph of Eusebius before given.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
British Dictionary definitions for epitaph
a commemorative inscription on a tombstone or monument
a speech or written passage composed in commemoration of a dead person
a final judgment on a person or thing
- epitaphic (ˌɛpɪˈtæfɪk), adjective
- epitaphist, noun
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