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.
late Middle English: from Old French epitaphe, via Latin from Greek epitaphion 'funeral oration', neuter of ephitaphios 'over or at a tomb', from epi 'upon' + taphos 'tomb'.