Definition of inscription in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈskripSH(ə)n/


1Words inscribed, as on a monument or in a book: the inscription on her headstone
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  • Items feature Hebrew letters or inscriptions either associated with religious customs or used as ceremonial objects.
  • They control everything from the type and size of vases to the inscriptions on the headstones.
  • They were engraved with inscriptions, and often buried with the dead.
engraving, etching;
wording, writing, lettering, legend, epitaph, epigraph
dedication, message;
signature, autograph
1.1The action of inscribing something: the inscription of memorable utterances on durable materials
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  • I set my cup aside for personal inscription the next time he comes through town, and that got me to thinking.
  • There's a barely controlled abandon, and more than a hint of anxiety that once the act of inscription has begun, it can't be undone.
  • His research interests include gender studies and the body as a site for cultural inscription.



Pronunciation: /inzˈkripSHənl/ /inˈskripSHənl/ /inzˈkripSHnəl/ /inˈskripSHnəl/
Example sentences
  • Further, photography does not allow the ‘presence’ of its author; his inscriptional authenticity is never really an issue as it can be in the graphic art mediums.
  • The archaeological and inscriptional evidence of sites on land near shore indicate a possible date of construction of these structures between 1,500 to 1,200 years before present.
  • The presentation of literary, inscriptional, archaeological, and architectural information (measurements are given in meters) is full, with concise and very helpful and up-to-date bibliographical documentation in footnotes.


Pronunciation: /-ˈskriptiv/
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  • A cursory look at public walls is enough to understand what pictorial and inscriptive ‘poster beautification’ is all about.
  • The four projects organized their inscriptive spaces (tines or singular writing-page) variously.
  • The inscriptive device is internally mounted on the tape measure and allows the user of the measure to form a mark on the surface of a workpiece at a point immediately beneath the tape measure.


Late Middle English (denoting a short descriptive or dedicatory passage at the beginning of a book): from Latin inscriptio(n-), from the verb inscribere (see inscribe).

Words that rhyme with inscription

ascription, circumscription, conscription, decryption, description, Egyptian, encryption, misdescription, prescription, subscription, superscription, transcription
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