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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Epitaph

EP'ITAPH, noun [Gr. a sepulcher.]

1. An inscription on a monument, in honor or memory of the dead.

The epitaphs of the present day are crammed with fulsome compliments never merited.

Can you look forward to the honor of a decorated coffin, a splendid funeral, a towering monument--it may be a lying epitaph

2. An eulogy, in prose or verse, composed without any intent to be engraven on a monument, as that on Alexander:

'Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non sufficeret orbis.'