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e·pit·o·me

 (ĭ-pĭt′ə-mē)
n.
1. A representative or perfect example of a class or type: "He is seen ... as the epitome of the hawkish, right-of-center intellectual" (Paul Kennedy).
2. A brief summary, as of a book or article; an abstract.

[Latin epitomē, a summary, from Greek, an abridgment, from epitemnein, to cut short : epi-, epi- + temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]

epitome

(ɪˈpɪtəmɪ)
n
1. a typical example of a characteristic or class; embodiment; personification: he is the epitome of sloth.
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a summary of a written work; abstract
[C16: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein to abridge, from epi- + temnein to cut]
epitomical, ˌepiˈtomic adj

e•pit•o•me

(ɪˈpɪt ə mi)

n.
1. a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class; embodiment: She is the epitome of kindness.
2. a condensed account, as of a literary work; abstract.
[1520–30; < Latin epitomē abridgment < Greek epitomḗ abridgment, surface incision. See epi-, -tome]
ep•i•tom•i•cal (ˌɛp ɪˈtɒm ɪ kəl) ep`i•tom′ic, adj.

epitome

something representative as a fine example of the whole group of things to which it belongs. See also books.
See also: Representation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epitome - a standard or typical exampleepitome - a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
concentrate - a concentrated example of something; "the concentrate of contemporary despair"
imago - (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood
2.epitome - a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
precis, synopsis, abstract, outline - a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

epitome

noun personification, essence, embodiment, type, representation, norm, archetype, exemplar, typical example, quintessence Maureen was the epitome of sophistication.

epitome

noun
A short summary or version prepared by cutting down a larger work:
Translations
abstraktitiivistelmä
belichamingexcerptpersonificatiesamenvattingsynopsis

epitome

[ɪˈpɪtəmɪ] Nrepresentación f, paradigma m
to be the epitome of virtueser la virtud en persona or personificada

epitome

[ɪˈpɪtəmi] n
the epitome of → la quintessence de

epitome

n
(of virtue, wisdom etc)Inbegriff m (→ of +gen, → an +dat)
(rare, of book) → Epitome f (spec)

epitome

[ɪˈpɪtəmɪ] n (frm) the epitome of kindnessla personificazione della gentilezza
References in classic literature ?
Thus Uncle Venner was a miscellaneous old gentleman, partly himself, but, in good measure, somebody else; patched together, too, of different epochs; an epitome of times and fashions.
That, now, is what old Bowditch in his Epitome calls the zodiac, and what my almanack below calls ditto.
In the first part the greatest freedom has been used in reducing the narration into a narrow compass, so that it is by no means a translation but an epitome, in which, whether everything either useful or entertaining be comprised, the compiler is least qualified to determine.
Courted by my step-mother, who regards him as the epitome of human wisdom; admired by my father, who says he has never before heard such sublime ideas so eloquently expressed; idolized by Edward, who, notwithstanding his fear of the count's large black eyes, runs to meet him the moment he arrives, and opens his hand, in which he is sure to find some delightful present, -- M.
Pelet's school was merely an epitome of the Belgian nation.
They possessed all the gravity of the latter, without any of their phlegm; and like them, the “High Dutchers” were industrious, honest, and economical, Fritz, or Frederick Hartmann, was an epitome of all the vices and virtues, foibles and excellences, of his race.
It was late in the day when the train thundered into the ancient city of Vanity, where Vanity Fair is still at the height of prosperity, and exhibits an epitome of whatever is brilliant, gay, and fascinating beneath the sun.
The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family.
He was a man of the world with supple lips and an agreeable manner, he was indeed a man of much kindliness and simplicity, though by no means clever, but she was not in the mood to give any one credit for such qualities, and examined him as though he were an epitome of all the vices of his service.
Browning's chosen subject-matter: "Every man is for him an epitome of the universe, a centre of creation.
It is an epitome, ma'am," said I, seeing my chance, "of your whole life," and with that I put her into my elbow-chair.
A long time dead" was his epitome of that phase of speculation.