ep·​i·​graph·​ic ˌe-pə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce epigraphic (audio)
variants or less commonly epigraphical
: of or relating to epigraphs or epigraphy
epigraphically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the majority of Samanid epigraphic pottery reveals a distinct emphasis on codes of social and virtuous personal conduct, qualities prized in Islamic culture. Helen A. Cooper, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The bowl is an example of what is known as Samanid epigraphic slipware, after the Samanid dynasty (819-999). Helen A. Cooper, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The stone bore a Khmer epigraphic inscription that included the date for the Khmer year 605, reckoned within the Hindu Saka system, a historical calendar based on the rule of the Indian emperor Shalivahana. Scientific American, 28 July 2022 But because many of the Ghazni marbles in the Italian database are epigraphic, they can be identified by the writing unique to each of them. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021

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Word History


epigraph + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epigraphic was in 1858

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“Epigraphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epigraphic. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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