EP'ITAPH, n. [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."