epig·​ra·​phy i-ˈpi-grə-fē How to pronounce epigraphy (audio)
: the study of inscriptions
especially : the deciphering of ancient inscriptions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But his forays into epigraphy were perhaps less accomplished and won him mostly skepticism and ridicule from the scientific community. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2021 The specialists hailed not just from the field of archaeology, but also from several disciplines, including geology; archaeobotany, the study of ancient plants; epigraphy, the study of inscriptions, and numismatics, the study of ancient coins. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2022 The team tested the system by comparing Pythia's results on completing 2,949 inscriptions with those of Oxford graduate students in epigraphy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022

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Word History


epigraph + -y entry 2

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of epigraphy was in 1851

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“Epigraphy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epigraphy. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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