Inscription is a fancy word for “writing” — the act of writing or a small bit of writing. You weren't excited when you received the card, but the inscription inside made you weep with emotion. Here, have a tissue.

You can see the word script in inscription which can help you remember its meaning. You might find an inscription on a gravestone, on a locket, on a cufflink, or in a book. You were excited to see the inscription dedicating your friend's novel to you, until you fell asleep before page 10. Then you weren't sure what to say.

Definitions of inscription
  1. noun
    the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
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    the activity of superscribing
    type of:
    committal to writing, writing
    the activity of putting something in written form
  2. noun
    letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something
    synonyms: lettering
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    an inscription written above something else
    an engraved inscription
    an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
    type of:
    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
  3. noun
    a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
    synonyms: dedication
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    type of:
    a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
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