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[ep-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈɛp əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/

a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel.
a speech, usually in verse, delivered by one of the actors after the conclusion of a play.
the person speaking this.

a short postscript to any literary work, such as a brief description of the fates of the characters in a novel
(Brit) (esp formerly) the concluding programme of the day on a radio or television station, often having a religious content

early 15c., from Middle French epilogue (13c.), from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos “conclusion of a speech,” from epi “upon, in addition” (see epi-) + logos “a speaking” (see lecture (n.)). Earliest English sense was theatrical.


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