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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Epigram

EP'IGRAM, noun [Gr. inscription; a writing.] A short poem treating only of one thing, and ending with some lively, ingenious and natural thought. Conciseness and point form the beauty of epigrams.

Epigrams were originally inscriptions on tombs, statues, temples, triumphal arches, etc.