• Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers
    Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epilogue a short passage added at the end of a literary work "the epilogue told what eventually happened to the main characters"
    • n epilogue a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Beatles appear at the end of "The Yellow Submarine" in a short live action epilogue. Their voices for the cartoon movie were done by Paul Angelis (Ringo), Peter Batten (George), John Clive (John), and Geoffrey Hughes (Paul).
    • Epilogue (Drama) A speech or short poem addressed to the spectators and recited by one of the actors, after the conclusion of the play. "A good play no epilogue , yet . . . good plays prove the better by the help of good epilogues ."
    • Epilogue (Rhet) The closing part of a discourse, in which the principal matters are recapitulated; a conclusion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epilogue In rhetoric, the conclusion or closing part of a discourse or oration; the peroration. The office of the epilogue is not merely to avoid an abrupt close and provide a formal termination, but to confirm and increase the effect of what has been said, and leave the hearer as favorably disposed as possible to the speaker's cause and unfavorably to that of his opponents. Accordingly, an epilogue in its more complete form consists of two divisions— a repetition of the principal points previously treated, and
    • n epilogue In dramatic or narrative writing, a concluding address; a winding up of the subject; specifically, in spoken dramas, a closing piece or speech, usually in verse, addressed by one or more of the performers to the audience.
    • epilogue To epilogize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epilogue ep′i-log the conclusion of a book: a speech or short poem at the end of a play
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. épilogue, L. epilogus, fr. Gr. conclusion, fr. to say in addition; 'epi` upon, besides + to say. See Legend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L.—Gr. epilogos, conclusion—epi, upon, legein, to speak.


In literature:

Yes, in this letter she would write the colophon of so wondrous a romance, the epilogue of so amazing a tragedy.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
Even an epilogue gained for them none of Mr. Gough's adherents.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Finally, one cannot help noticing the delicate instinct that has gone to fashion the brief epilogue that ends this delightful volume.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
This was the epilogue of the famous Guibord case.
"The Day of Sir John Macdonald" by Joseph Pope
Epilogue to Book III.
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
Such was the military epilogue to the ill-judged adventure of Fangalii; it was difficult for failure to be more complete.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It must be confessed that the epilogue was the most successful part of the piece.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
The Epilogue to the Satires is likewise inriched with many and large notes, now first printed from the author's own manuscript.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
The text of the cantata is composed of a prologue, epilogue, and twelve scenes taken from Longfellow's Episode in "Christus" by the same name.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
But the purpose of literature is not to be an epilogue to energy.
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd

In poetry:

Mouths biting empty air,
The still stone dogs,
Caught in metamorphosis, were
Left him as epilogues.
"MAUBERLEY" by Ezra Pound
BEFORE we part to alien thoughts and aims,
Permit the one brief word the occasion claims;
—When mumming and grave projects are allied,
Perhaps an Epilogue is justified.
"Lines" by Thomas Hardy
And now with late repentance,
Un-epilogued the Poet waits his sentence. Condemn the stubborn fool who can't submit
To thrive by flattery, though he starves by wit.
"Epilogue Intended To Have Been Spoken For 'She Stoops To Conquer'" by Oliver Goldsmith
Why, sure the girl's beside herself: an Epilogue of singing,
A hopeful end indeed to such a blest beginning.
Besides, a singer in a comic set! --
Excuse me, Ma'am, I know the etiquette.
"Epilogue Intended To Have Been Spoken For 'She Stoops To Conquer'" by Oliver Goldsmith
To me, why sure you jest, I sat perdue,
And scarce the time of exhibition knew,
Heav'ns-is there no Epilogue to night,
I say, sir manager, this is not right,
And, look ye sir, who ever once pretends,
To say tis well, we are no longer friends.
"Apology For An Epilogue" by Judith Sargent Murray

In news:

If you are writing a fiction book or novel, read this tip on writing epilogues from Between the Lines by Jessica Morrell.
Six Reasons For Using An Epilogue .
Epilogue leaves unanswered questions.
Susan Lucci Criticizes ABC Daytime Chief in New Epilogue .
"The New Man In Charge": Hurley gets to work in an epilogue to "Lost".
Paul Tracy's Indy blog - the epilogue .
NBC Broadcasts An Eerie Epilogue .
Epilogue to a hurricane blog.
Terry McMillan's Epilogue to 'Groove' Affair.
Epilogue for 'Stella' author: a messy divorce.
Epilogue Famed Photo Leads Marine to the Past.
INTERVIEWS The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Day 51: Buzzo's Epilogue and Van Thoughts.
This third volume of John Richardson's monumental biography of Pablo Picasso is divided into thirty-nine chapters plus an epilogue.
The Rake's Progress is an opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky .
"Ali is an American myth," writes Remnick in his epilogue, "who has come to mean many things to many people.

In science:

Epilogue: Decoupled Ideology and the Ideal Class Group In this section we introduce the decoupled ideologies, the set of which extends the classical ideal class group.
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
It is not necessary to go all the way to a universal building machine to establish replication in a formal system or a cellular automaton (See the epilogue to this paper for examples.).
In retrospect, I think I personally would have taken sides with the iconolatres instead of the iconoclasts after having visited the beautiful Byzantine Period section of the Benaki National Heritage museum last night. 2See the prologue and epilogue of part II.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Again, see the prologue and epilogue of part II. 6 In analogy to the logical oxymoron: ‘Who shaves the barber?’. 7 In Greek, an ‘iconoclast’ (:‘ǫικoν oκλ ´αστ ης ’) is (s)he who ‘cuts icons’ (:‘κλ ´αζ ǫι ǫικ´oν ǫς ’).
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
In this epilogue we would first like to discuss whether it is still reasonable to believe that we can use differential geometric ideas in the quantum deep, that is, in the QG domain.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity