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epigraph

ep·i·graph

epigraph

 
 
pronunciation:
e p graef
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an inscription, esp. when engraved in stone or on a building.
similar words:
motto
definition 2: a pertinent quotation or motto, esp. found at the beginning of a literary work or of a chapter.
The poet used two lines from Dante as the poem's epigraph.
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