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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epitaph  \Ep"i*taph\,  n.  [F.  ['e]pitaphe,  L.  epitaphium  a  funeral 
  oration,  fr  Gr  ?,  orig.  an  adj.,  over  or  at  a  tomb;  'epi` 
  upon  +  ?  tomb.  Cf  {Cenotaph}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  A  brief  writing  formed  as  if  to  be  inscribed  on  a 
  monument,  as  that  concerning  Alexander:  ``Sufficit  huic 
  tumulus,  cui  non  sufficeret  orbis.'' 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epitaph  \Ep"i*taph\,  v.  t. 
  To  commemorate  by  an  epitaph.  [R.] 
 
  Let  me  be  epitaphed  the  inventor  of  English  hexameters. 
  --G.  Harvey. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epitaph  \Ep"i*taph\,  v.  i. 
  To  write  or  speak  after  the  manner  of  an  epitaph.  [R.] 
 
  The  common  in  their  speeches  epitaph  upon  him  .  .  . 
  ``He  lived  as  a  wolf  and  died  as  a  dog.''  --Bp.  Hall. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epitaph 
  n  1:  an  inscription  on  a  tombstone  or  monument  in  memory  of  the 
  person  buried  there 
  2:  a  summary  statement  of  commemoration  for  a  dead  person 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EPITAPH,  n.  An  inscription  on  a  tomb,  showing  that  virtues  acquired 
  by  death  have  a  retroactive  effect.  Following  is  a  touching  example: 
 
  Here  lie  the  bones  of  Parson  Platt, 
  Wise,  pious,  humble  and  all  that 
  Who  showed  us  life  as  all  should  live  it 
  Let  that  be  said  --  and  God  forgive  it! 
 
 




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