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Difference between Epigram, Epigraph, Epitaph and Epithet

Epigram is a short humorous saying.

  • Oscar Wilde wrote the epigram: “I can resist everything except temptation.”

Epigraph is a brief quotation at the beginning of a book or an inscription on a monument, statue, or building.

  • The epigraph to E. M. Forster’s novel Howards End is “Only connect!”

Epitaph is a tribute to a dead person inscribed on a gravestone.

  • A famous epitaph on a poker player’s gravestone reads, “He played five aces, now he plays the harp.”

Epithet is a short descriptive word or phrase applied to a person.

  • Bravery earned Richard Coeur de Lion the epithet ‘Lionheart’.