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an inscription on a building or statue; quotation at the beginning of a book or chapter
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epigram – witticism, quip; ingenious saying tersely expressed
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1. An inscription, as on a statue or building.
2. A motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme.
[Greek epigraphē, from epigraphein, to write on; see epigram.]
ep′i·graph′ic, ep′i·graph′i·cal adj.
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1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme
2. an inscription on a monument or building
[C17: from Greek epigraphē; see epigram]
epigraphic, ˌepiˈgraphical adj
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1. an inscription, esp. on a building, statue, etc.
2. an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc.
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epigraph[ˈepɪgrɑːf] N → epígrafe m
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epigraph[ˈɛpɪˌgrɑːf] n → epigrafe f
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