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Jul 6, 2012
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Words made with combining forms

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monology
logomachy
phylogeny
scotophobia
epigraphy

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epigraphy

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-PIG-ruh-fee)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The study of ancient inscriptions.
2. Inscriptions collectively.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek epi- (on, upon) + -graph (writing). Earliest documented use: 1851.

USAGE:
"An example of ancient epigraphy was found by early Bermudians, carved into a rock 70 feet above the sea."
Local Historian Debunks the 'Spanish' in Spanish Rock; The Royal Gazette (Bermuda); Nov 4, 1999.

See more usage examples of epigraphy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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