Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for epitaph on Thesaurus.com 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. Origin of epitaph 1350–1400; Middle English epitaphe
over or at a tomb, equivalent to
) tomb +
noun, adj. suffix
Related forms 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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Examples from the Web for epitaphic Historical Examples If the epitaphic form gave added novelty I must confess that the idea was suggested to me by the Greek Anthology. The word has no celestial signification; yet the history of its epitaphic use is curious enough. British Dictionary definitions for epitaphic 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 epitaphic ( ˌɛpɪˈtæfɪk), adjective epitaphist, noun Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek
epitaphion, from epitaphios over a tomb, from epi- + taphos tomb
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Word Origin and History for epitaphic epitaph n.
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.
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