An epitaph was a saying used as a memorial inscription on a gravestone. The term could also metaphorically refer to one's legacy upon dying.

Tombstone, Arizona's newspaper was called the Tombstone Epitaph. (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

While attempting to destroy the space amoeba in 2268, Montgomery Scott told James T. Kirk that the power levels were dead, prompting Kirk to remark that the engineer may just have written their epitaph. (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome")

In 2367, K'mpec sardonically told Captain Jean Luc Picard that he wanted his epitaph to be "All for the glory of the Empire", after having permitted Duras to unjustly disgrace Worf's family name. (TNG: "Reunion")

In 2368, when Deanna Troi expressed concern that her mother was going to commit the rest of her life to a man she had never met, Lwaxana told her she made everything sound like an epitaph. (TNG: "Cost of Living")

In 2369, an imaginary Buck Bokai called Benjamin Sisko's comment "I wish I had more time for this" "baseball's epitaph." (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")

In 2372, a mutated Tom Paris expressed his doubts about his chances of survival by composing his own inscription, "Here lies Thomas Eugene Paris, beloved mutant." The Doctor said it was "a fitting epitaph", but that he intended to see that Paris would not have to use it yet. (VOY: "Threshold")

In 2375, Kira Nerys dismissed Odo's concerns about the danger of her commanding a blockade, saying, "Well, I wouldn't start writing our epitaphs just yet." The changeling agreed, saying he'd wait until the first wave of Romulan starships tried to get past them. (DS9: "Shadows and Symbols")

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