noun Date: 1851 1. epigraphs, inscriptions 2. the study of inscriptions; especially the deciphering of ancient inscriptions

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  • Epigraphy — (ἐπιγραφολογία, from Greek ἐπιγραφή inscription ) is the study of inscriptions or epigraphs engraved into stone or other durable materials, or cast in metal, the science of classifying them as to cultural context and date, elucidating them and… …   Wikipedia

  • Epigraphy — E*pig ra*phy, n. The science of inscriptions; the art of engraving inscriptions or of deciphering them. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epigraphy — [ē pig′rə fē, ipig′rə fē] n. 1. inscriptions collectively 2. the study that deals with deciphering, interpreting, and classifying inscriptions, esp. ancient inscriptions …   English World dictionary

  • epigraphy — epigraphist, epigrapher, n. /i pig reuh fee/, n. 1. the study or science of epigraphs or inscriptions, esp. of ancient inscriptions. 2. inscriptions collectively. [1850 55; EPIGRAPH + Y3] * * * ▪ historiography Introduction  the study of written… …   Universalium

  • epigraphy — noun a) inscriptions collectively b) the study or decipherment of inscriptions, especially of ancient ones See Also: epigraph, epigrapher, epigraphist …   Wiktionary

  • epigraphy — The study of inscriptions on ancient buildings and statues, many of which are relevant to the NT. After discovery, they are deciphered and then related to the history of the period. For example, that officials at Thessalonica were called… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • epigraphy — n. study of epigraphs, study of inscriptions (especially ancient inscriptions) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • epigraphy — [ɪ pɪgrəfi, ɛ ] noun the study and interpretation of ancient inscriptions. Derivatives epigrapher noun epigraphic adjective epigraphical adjective epigraphically adverb epigraphist …   English new terms dictionary

  • epigraphy — epig·ra·phy …   English syllables

  • epigraphy — e•pig•ra•phy [[t]ɪˈpɪg rə fi[/t]] n. 1) the study of epigraphs or inscriptions, esp. ancient inscriptions 2) inscriptions collectively • Etymology: 1850–55 e•pig′ra•phist, e•pig′ra•pher, n …   From formal English to slang

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