Definition of epitaph in English:
1A phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone: figurative a poignant epitaph to his creative career
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- This might be recorded on their tombstone as an epitaph or in an obituary, commemoration portrait, or in some cases a biography.
- All the tombstones were well carved, and some had wonderful epitaphs written on them; one, belonging to a 22 year old woman said ‘Those who seek me with all their heart shall find me where they least expect’.
- A few words like that are sweeter than an epitaph on the grandest tombstone ever raised.
Old French epitaphe came via Latin from Greek epitaphion ‘funeral oration’, from ephitaphios ‘over or at a tomb’, from epi ‘upon’ and taphos ‘tomb’.
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