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Definition of Epitaph

  EPITAPH   noun
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!

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?ep?t?:f n. words written in memory of a person who has died, esp. as a tomb inscription. [ME f. OF epitaphe f. L epitaphium f. Gk epitaphion funeral oration (as EPI-, taphos tomb)]

Last updated: 9/3/2011 12:48:30