Epigraph

Ep"i*graph

(?), n. [Gr. , fr. : cf. F. pigraphe. See Epigram.] 1. Any inscription set upon a building; especially, one which has to do with the building itself, its founding or dedication.
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2. (Literature) A citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the beginning of a work or of its separate divisions; a motto.

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Ep`i*graph"ic

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Ep`i*graph"ic*al

(?), } a. Of or pertaining to epigraphs or to epigraphy; as, an epigraphic style; epigraphical works or studies.
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