Definitions for epitaphˈɛp ɪˌtæf, -ˌtɑf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ep•i•taphˈɛp ɪˌtæf, -ˌtɑf(n.)

  1. a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site.

  2. a brief composition in commemoration or praise of a deceased person.

    Category: Literature

Origin of epitaph:

1350–1400; ME < L epitaphium < Gk epitáphion, n. use of neut. of epitáphios over or at a tomb

ep`i•taph′ic-ˈtæf ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. epitaph(noun)

    an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there

  2. epitaph(noun)

    a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person

Wiktionary

  1. epitaph(Noun)

    An inscription on a gravestone in memory of the deceased.

  2. epitaph(Noun)

    A poem or other short text written in memory of a deceased person.

  3. epitaph(Verb)

    To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.

    The common in their speeches epitaph upon him "He lived as a wolf and died as a dog." uE00013225uE001 Bishop Hall.

  4. Origin: epitaphe, from epitaphium, from ἐπιτάφιος, from ἐπί + τάφος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epitaph(noun)

    an inscription on, or at, a tomb, or a grave, in memory or commendation of the one buried there; a sepulchral inscription

  2. Epitaph(noun)

    a brief writing formed as if to be inscribed on a monument, as that concerning Alexander: "Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non sufficeret orbis."

  3. Epitaph(verb)

    to commemorate by an epitaph

  4. Epitaph(verb)

    to write or speak after the manner of an epitaph

Freebase

  1. Epitaph

    An epitaph is a short text honoring a deceased person, strictly speaking that is inscribed on their tombstone or plaque, but also used figuratively. Some are specified by the dead person beforehand, others chosen by those responsible for the burial. An epitaph may be in poem verse; poets have been known to compose their own epitaphs prior to their death, as William Shakespeare did. Most epitaphs are brief records of the family, and perhaps the career, of the deceased, often with an expression of love or respect - "beloved father of ..." - but others are more ambitious. From the Renaissance to the 19th century in Western culture, epitaphs for notable people became increasingly lengthy and pompous descriptions of their family origins, career, virtues and immediate family, often in Latin. However, the Laudatio Turiae, the longest known Ancient Roman epitaph exceeds almost all of these at 180 lines; it celebrates the virtues of a wife, probably of a consul. Some are quotes from holy texts, or aphorisms. One approach of many epitaphs is to 'speak' to the reader and warn them about their own mortality. A wry trick of others is to request the reader to get off their resting place, inasmuch as the reader would have to be standing on the ground above the coffin to read the inscription. Some record achievements. Nearly all note name, year or date of birth, and date of death. Many list family members and the relationship of the deceased to them.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Epitaph

    an inscription placed on a tombstone in commemoration of the dead interred below. The natural feeling which prompts such inscriptions has manifested itself among all civilised peoples, and not a little of a nation's character may be read in them. The Greeks reserved epitaphs for their heroes, but amongst the Romans grew up the modern custom of marking the tombs of relatives with some simple inscription, many of their sepulchres being placed on the side of the public roads, a circumstance which explains the phrase, Siste, viator—Stay, traveller—found in old graveyards.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. epitaph

    1. Postponed compliments. 2. Postmortem bull-con. 3. Qualifying for the Ananias Club.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. EPITAPH

    A statement that usually lies above about the one who lies beneath.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

epitaph(noun)

something written or said about a dead person, especially something written on a tombstone.

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