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Definition of epitaph noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1words that are written or said about a dead person, especially words on a gravestone His epitaph read: “A just and noble countryman”.
  2. 2epitaph (to somebody/something) something which is left to remind people of a particular person, a period of time, or an event These slums are an epitaph to the housing policy of the 1960s.
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