- 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
Examples from the Web for epitaphic
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.