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Definition of Epitaph


  1. An inscription on, or at, a tomb, or a grave, in memory or commendation of the one buried there; a sepulchral inscription.
  2. A brief writing formed as if to be inscribed on a monument, as that concerning Alexander: "Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non sufficeret orbis."
  3. To commemorate by an epitaph.
  4. To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.

Epitaph Quotations

I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.'
Andy Warhol

And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
Robert Frost

Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper.
Billy Sunday

Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I haven't written my own epitaph, and I'm not sure I should. Whatever it is, I hope it will be simple, and that it will point people not to me, but to the One I served.
Billy Graham
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Epitaph Translations

epitaph in German is Grabinschrift, Grabschrift
epitaph in Italian is epivaffio
epitaph in Norwegian is gravskrift
epitaph in Spanish is epitafio
epitaph in Swedish is epitaf, gravskrift
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