from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inscription, as on a statue or building.
- n. A motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an inscription, especially one on a building etc
- n. a literary quotation placed at the beginning of a book etc
- n. (of a function) the set of all points lying on or above its graph
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any inscription set upon a building; especially, one which has to do with the building itself, its founding or dedication.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inscribe an epigraph on.
- n. An inscription cut or impressed on stone, metal, or other permanent material, as distinguished from a writing in manuscript, etc.; specifically, in archaeology, a terse inscription on a building, tomb, monument, or statue, denoting its use or appropriation, and sometimes incorporated in its scheme of ornamentation.
- n. A superscription or title at the beginning of a book, a treatise, or a part of a book.
- n. In lit., a citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the commencement of a work or of one of its separate divisions; a motto.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
- n. an engraved inscription
The epigraph is by Javier Marías, who could probably discuss this subject much better, since I consider this a difficult question.
My epigraph is similarly striking: When language fails us, when we fail each other there is no exorcism.
I did check, wondering if it should be an "e" as in "epigraph". posted by Hal Duncan | 2: 46 PM
Note 65: The epigraph is from a local song, "A Woman's Tongue Will Never Take a Rest," collected in Cape Broyle in 1968.
The other epigraph is from a handbook of speech which points out that in a heightened state of emotion people speak at a rate of a hundred and sixty words a minute.
The novels epigraph is taken from Jane Austens Northanger Abbey, in which a naïve young woman, caught up in fantasies from the Gothic fiction she loves to read, imagines that her host in an English country house is a villain.
Textually, the poem carries an epigraph from the seventeenth-century
It is epideictic poetry in its panegyric mode that accounts for The Sceptic's epigraph from a funeral oration by seventeenth-century French cleric Bossuet – specifically, his oration for a Princess endangered by a libertine and sceptical culture.
It begins with an epigraph from the English essayist William Hazlitt which reads, "I think myself into love, and I dream myself out of it."
AnzaldÃºa's quote in the epigraph is a call to not forget about the men.