epitaph epitaph  /ˈɛ pə ˌtæf/


  1. (n) an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
  2. (n) a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person


  1. When, in 2001, UNESCO declared Kunqu a "masterpiece" of the world's "intangible heritage" it seemed less like an honor and more like an epitaph.
  2. The Guardian offered the kindest epitaph: "Now!-was a brave deed in a cowardly world.
  3. His voice trembled and broke with emotion last Friday as he faced the press at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California to provide the epitaph for the dark-haired infant .


  • ‘Game’ for a shock

    Are “Game of Thrones” fans the best in the world? One week ago, millions were astonished when Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his pregnant wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) and his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) were slaughtered at a wedding reception. The words “The Lannisters send their regards” might just be the most chilling epitaph this season. And now we know: If someone is wearing chain mail ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

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  1. "Here you have out there these kinds of, you know, incitements out there -- guy introducing Barack using his middle name as if it's some epitaph or something," Biden told a crowd more than a thousand at a rally in Tampa, apparently meaning to...
    on Oct 8, 2008 By: Joe Biden Source: Washington Post

  2. "The Senate isn't a factory. We don't push things down the line," McConnell said. "There is a saying about courtship: Shoot for two, end up with zero. So far, this would be a fitting epitaph for a Congress that has sought to do much but has...
    on Jul 8, 2007 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Washington Post

  3. "I told them, there's so much football left to be played," coach Bill Cowher said. "People were giving us a eulogy and writing our epitaph this whole week. Just don't get caught up in it."
    on Oct 18, 2006 By: Bill Cowher Source: USA Today

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