[ US /ˈɛpəˌtæf/ ]
[ UK /ˈɛpɪtˌæf/ ]
  1. a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
  2. an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
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How To Use epitaph In A Sentence

  • The distich caused discussion regarding the quantity of "hic", but the pope defended the prosody of Voltaire who confirmed his opinion by a quotation from Virgil which he said ought to be the epitaph of The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne
  • An epitaph is on a gravestone, and while I am sure they would be happy to oblige, that wasn’t what they were actually throwing, I don’t think …. Think Progress » GOP Rep. Nunes Excuses Racist, Homophobic Tea Partier Slurs As A Response To ‘Totalitarian Tactics’
  • Kaysersberg; finally, in one of the vestries is the epitaph, in german verses, of the celebrated printer John Mentelin of Historical Sketch of the Cathedral of Strasburg
  • Naturally, the epitaph on his tombstone should read ‘Th-that-that's all folks!’
  • Sir Nathaniel, will you hear an extemporal epitaph on the death of the deer? and, to humour the ignorant, I have call’d the deer the princess killed, a pricket. Act IV. Scene II. Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Already, it has been a fitting epitaph. Times, Sunday Times
  • The epitaph of ancient democracy was a bitter legacy that should have served as a salutary lesson to all.
  • The epitaph that he had written for himself was carved beneath the bust: _Paucis notus, paucioribus ignotus, hic jacet Democritus Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"
  • But at the date of the "Cross Readings" he was mainly what Burke, speaking contemptuously of his status as a plenipotentiary, styled a "_diseur de bons mots_"; and he was for this reason included among those "most distinguished Wits of the Metropolis," who, following Garrick's lead in 1774, diverted themselves at the St. James's Coffee-house by composing the epitaphs on Goldsmith which gave rise to the incomparable gallery entitled _Retaliation_. De Libris: Prose and Verse
  • The French litterateur and gourmand Antoine Désaugiers once expressed the hope that his epitaph would read: "Here lies the first poet ever to die of indigestion. In Brief: Gastronomy
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