Definition of epitome in English:

epitome

Syllabification: e·pit·o·me
Pronunciation: /iˈpitəmē
 
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noun

  • 1 (the epitome of) A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type: she looked the epitome of elegance and good taste
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    • Helen's older sister Jenny is the epitome of the perfect Mum.
    • He was described by the man who nominated him for the award as ‘the epitome of quality leadership in the modern educational era’.
    • Truly, Jun was the epitome of a perfect leader for anyone and everyone to follow and Chase readily admitted to that - a thing that he seldom did.
    Synonyms
    personification, embodiment, incarnation, paragon; essence, quintessence, archetype, paradigm; exemplar, model, soul, example; height
  • 2A summary of a written work; an abstract.
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    • Or, as another scholar has said, the creed is an epitome and summary that guides and directs a proper reading of Scripture.
    • For the rest we depend on excerpts and the epitomes of Zonaras (down to 146 and 44 BC to AD 96) and Xiphilinus.
    • The two sacred epitomes - ‘Aadi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib’ (now onwards GGS) and ‘Dasam Granth’ have also been given the stature of ‘Guru’ by the tenth Guru - Guru Gobinda Singh.
  • 2.1 archaic A thing representing something else in miniature.

Derivatives

epitomist

noun

Origin

early 16th century: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein 'abridge', from epi 'in addition' + temnein 'to cut'.

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