epitaph

[ ep-i-taf, -tahf ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌtæf, -ˌtɑf /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to commemorate in or with an epitaph.

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Origin of epitaph

1350–1400; Middle English epitaphe < Latin epitaphium < Greek epitáphion over or at a tomb, equivalent to epi- epi- + táph(os) tomb + -ion noun, adj. suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM epitaph

ep·i·taph·ic [ep-i-taf-ik] /ˌɛp ɪˈtæf ɪk/, adjectiveep·i·taph·ist, nounep·i·taph·less, adjectiveun·ep·i·taphed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH epitaph

epigram epigraph epitaph epithet
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Example sentences from the Web for epitaphic

  • The word has no celestial signification; yet the history of its epitaphic use is curious enough.

  • If the epitaphic form gave added novelty I must confess that the idea was suggested to me by the Greek Anthology.

    Toward the Gulf|Edgar Lee Masters

British Dictionary definitions for epitaphic

epitaph
/ (ˈɛpɪˌtɑːf, -ˌtæf) /

noun

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

Derived forms of epitaph

epitaphic (ˌɛpɪˈtæfɪk), adjectiveepitaphist, noun

Word Origin for epitaph

C14: via Latin from Greek epitaphion, from epitaphios over a tomb, from epi- + taphos tomb
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