Examples of epitaph in a Sentence
The epitaph reads “In loving memory of John Gray: husband, father, soldier.”
Recent Examples of epitaph from the Web
And a mosaic near the entrance to the law school today includes one of his axioms, which is also an epitaph.
Your epitaph would read: TURNS OUT NOBODY WAS ON MY SIDE BUT ME.
Raulff has given us an eloquent epitaph for the horse’s long relevance to our world.
In the winter of 2018 these pronouncements read more like an epitaph for a bygone golden age.
Those words may eventually be seen as the epitaph for the Trump presidency.
Near the film’s end, a different interviewer asks the singer to essentially write his own epitaph.
My role as the last surviving detective grants me the prerogatives of rank and the duty to ascribe epitaph.
Maybe that should be my epitaph: GET ME OUT OF HERE.
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An inscription on a tomb is an epitaph, as is, by extension, anything written as if to be inscribed on a tomb. Probably the earliest surviving epitaphs are those written on ancient Egyptian sarcophagi and coffins. In Elizabethan times, epitaphs became much more common in English. Many of the best known are literary memorials (often deliberately witty) not intended for a tomb. Benjamin Franklin’s epitaph for himself plays on his trade as a printer, hoping that he will “appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.” The 20th-century writer and wit Dorothy Parker’s suggested epitaphs include “I told you I was sick” and “If you can read this, you’re standing too close.”
Origin and Etymology of epitaph
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Definition of epitaph for English Language Learners
: something written or said in memory of a dead person; especially : words written on a gravestone
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