What does epitome mean?

Definitions for epitome
ɪˈpɪt ə miepit·o·me

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prototype, paradigm, epitome, imagenoun

    a standard or typical example

    "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"

  2. epitomenoun

    a brief abstract (as of an article or book)

GCIDE

  1. Epitomenoun

    A compact or condensed representation of anything; something possessing conspicuously or to a high degree the qualities of a class.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. to cut into, cut short; 'epi` upon + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. pitome. See Tome.]

Wiktionary

  1. epitomenoun

    The embodiment or encapsulation of.

  2. epitomenoun

    A representative example.

  3. epitomenoun

    The height; the best.

  4. epitomenoun

    A brief summary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epitomenoun

    a work in which the contents of a former work are reduced within a smaller space by curtailment and condensation; a brief summary; an abridgement

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. to cut into, cut short; 'epi` upon + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. pitome. See Tome.]

  2. Epitomenoun

    a compact or condensed representation of anything

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. to cut into, cut short; 'epi` upon + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. pitome. See Tome.]

Freebase

  1. Epitome

    An epitome is a summary or miniature form; an instance that represents a larger reality, also used as a synonym for embodiment. Epitomacy represents, "to the degree of." Many documents from the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds survive now only "in epitome", referring to the practice of some later authors who wrote distilled versions of larger works now lost. Some writers attempted to convey the stance and spirit of the original, while others added further details or anecdotes regarding the general subject. As with all secondary historical sources, a different bias not present in the original may creep in. Documents surviving in epitome differ from those surviving only as fragments quoted in later works, and those used as unacknowledged sources by later scholars, as they can stand as discrete documents, albeit refracted through the views of another author. Epitomes of a kind are still produced today, when dealing with a corpus of literature, especially those classical works which are often considered dense and unwieldy, and unlikely to be read by the average person, in order to make them more accessible: some of these are more along the lines of abridgments, such as many which have been written of Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a work of eight large volumes, often published as one volume of about 1200 pages.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epitome

    e-pit′o-me, n. an abridgment or short summary of anything, as of a book.—adj. Epitom′ical, like an epitome.—v.t. Epit′omise, to make an epitome of: to shorten: to condense.—ns. Epit′omiser, Epit′omist, one who abridges.—In epitome, on a small scale. [Gr.,—epi, temnein, to cut.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epitome in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epitome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of epitome in a Sentence

  1. Kerry Washington:

    We became the epitome of ‘black lives matter,’.

  2. Sabrina Martinez:

    It says that's the beauty standard, it says that you can't be the epitome of beauty if you're not white, even this magazine that's supposed to be celebrating another culture, another type of beauty is not recognizing even what it's supposed to be standing for.

  3. Katrina Pierson:

    Your viewers, I'm pretty sure, have run into an individual that is the complete epitome of annoying to where you absolutely have to finally give in in order to get on about your day.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    King Solomon was a wise king and teacher too. Moreover, Plato was a wonderful teacher and inspirator. As well, Socrates was also an awesome teacher and inspirator. Zig Ziglar was equally a profound teacher and motivator. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate is undoubtedly an inspiring teacher and motivator. Enoch Adeboye is an insightful teacher and preacher. Besides, David Oyedepo is a charismatic teacher and preacher among other teachers and inspirators like John C. Maxwell, Martin Luter King Jnr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Chinua Achebe, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Ford, Nelson Mandela, Wole Soyinka, Chris Oyakhilome, Dr. Uma Ukpai, Paul Enenche, David Ogbueli, Matthew Ashimolowo, David Abioye etc. But above all, Jesus Christ was the greatest teacher and inspirator. And he will ever remain the greatest teacher and inspirator of all time. Because, he was the embodiment of divine wisdom, he is still the embodiment of divine wisdom and he will ever remain the embodiment of divine or extraordinary wisdom. Oh! yes, Jesus Christ is as well the epitome of divine wisdom. If you don't concur with me. Go ahead and read the scriptures (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). For, you will surely and eventually concur with me QED. -Emeasoba George

  5. Defense Patrick Shanahan:

    Those of us privileged to serve our Nation, in and out of uniform, in the DoD must be the epitome of American values and ethics.

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