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epilogue (EP-uh-log) noun, also epilog

1. A short concluding section at the end of a literary work, detailing the future of the story, its characters, etc. Also known as afterword.

2. A short speech, often in verse form, spoken by an actor directly to the spectators at the end of a play. Also, the actor giving such a speech.

[From Middle English epilogue, from French epilogue, from Latin epilogus, from Greek epilogos, from epi- (after, over) + logos (word, speech).]

"One of Nafisi's students writes, by way of epilogue to Reading Lolita in Tehran, 'Hardly anything has changed in the nonstop sameness of our everyday life. ...'" Tobias Axel; Nafisi Takes on Khomeini's Iran With Western Fiction; Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon); Feb 3, 2004.

"They could also look further afield and take note of the resurgence at Roma of Fabio Capello, who is fighting against the assumption that his current life is merely an epilogue to the Milan era of the early 1990s." Kevin McCarra; Ousting of Ferguson Would Reap Whirlwind; Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg, South Africa); Jan 30, 2004.

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