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Definition a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
  • John Belushi's epitaph reads, "I may be gone, but Rock and Roll lives on."
epitaph = text written on his tombstone
  • Dorothy Parker's epitaph reads, "Excuse my dust."
  • epitaph = text written on a tombstone
  • W.C. Fields epitaph reads:
    Here lies W.C. Fields.
    On the whole, I would rather be living in Philadelphia.
  • epitaph = text written on his tombstone
  • Martin Luther King's epitaph reads:
    Free at Last, Free at Last
    Thank God Almighty
    I'm Free at Last.
  • epitaph = text written on his tombstone
  • I want to lead a life that permits a true and honorable epitaph.
  • epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person
  • Trefusis objected that the epitaph was untrue, and said that he did not see why tombstones should be privileged to publish false statements.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • epitaph = text written on his tombstone
  • I don't think you'd be interviewing me if we were any less nimble. You'd be writing our epitaph.
    Bill Gates
  • epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person
  • It has been used as a prison for political offenders for two or three hundred years, and its dungeon walls are scarred with the rudely carved names of many and many a captive who fretted his life away here and left no record of himself but these sad epitaphs wrought with his own hands.
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • epitaphs = short texts in memory of dead people
  • You done wrote his epitaph too—like the rest of the world?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • epitaph = short text to be inscribed on a tomb in memory of the person buried there
    Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
    A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
    Thomas Gray  --  Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person — usually written on their tombstone
  • How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays ... reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or...
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • epitaphs = short text inscribed on a tombstone in memory of a dead person
  • Chose his own epitaph.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person — typically written on their tombstone
  • Unlike Jefferson, Adams had not composed his own epitaph.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • On the margin, in the secretary's neat hand, was the laconic epitaph "susp.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave, But not remember'd in thy epitaph!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Suddenly the words sounded like an epitaph.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • These were his words over my grave, my epitaph, and I was glad that I got to hear them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I used to know St. Louis, even collected epitaphs.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • This master was one day walking through the Cathedral of Lima and stopped to read the epitaph of a lady.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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