Ep"i*taph (?), n. [F. 'epitaphe, L. epitaphium a funeral oration, fr. Gr. , orig. an adj., over or at a tomb; upon + tomb. Cf. Cenotaph.]


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

Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb. Shak.


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


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Ep"i*taph, v. t.

To commemorate by an epitaph.


Let me be epitaphed the inventor of English hexameters. G. Harvey.


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Ep"i*taph, v. i.

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." Bp. Hall.


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