verb (used with object)
Origin of epitaph
Examples from the Web for epitaph
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|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|DAILY BEAST
The perusal of this remark induced Mrs. Hemans to write her pathetic little poem which has the Italian epitaph for its title.The Bront Family, Vol. 2 of 2|Francis A. Leyland
The hero, if he had perished, would scarcely have been sure of his epitaph even.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Ambition: Opposition seats on both sides of the house, and an epitaph over the home rule bill.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date|Anonymous
Out of a deeper silence, Steve spoke gravely—an epitaph for the man to whom he had been unfailingly kind.Then I'll Come Back to You|Larry Evans
The following lines of his Epitaph, written by one who knew him well, are remarkably just.
British Dictionary definitions for epitaph
Word Origin for epitaph
Word Origin and History for epitaph
mid-14c., from Old French epitaphe (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin epitaphium "funeral oration, eulogy," from Greek epitaphion "a funeral oration," noun use of neuter of epitaphos "of a funeral," from epi "at, over" (see epi-) + taphos "tomb, funeral rites," from PIE root *dhembh- "to bury." Among the Old English equivalents was byrgelsleoð.