What does epitome mean?

Definitions for epitome
ɪˈpɪt ə miepit·o·me

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prototype, paradigm, epitome, image(noun)

    a standard or typical example

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

  2. epitome(noun)

    a brief abstract (as of an article or book)

GCIDE

  1. Epitome(n.)

    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. epitome(Noun)

    The embodiment or encapsulation of.

  2. epitome(Noun)

    A representative example.

  3. epitome(Noun)

    The height; the best.

  4. epitome(Noun)

    A brief summary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epitome(noun)

    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. Epitome(noun)

    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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Numerology

  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. Tim Albrecht:

    She is the most positive, outspoken, friendly person you'll ever meet and she is definitely the epitome of the campaign mom. She makes everybody feel better and makes sure everybody's fed. You know her by her signature woohoo. You always know where Joni is. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and she without question is the top 'get' in terms of volunteers.

  2. Karim Sadjadpour:

    Had it not been for Rafsanjani, Khamenei would have never become supreme leader. Those close to Rafsanjani say he rues the day he helped anoint Khamenei, they are the epitome of frenemies.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    An epitome of the whole of life lies right in front of us, in the perpetual processes of re-oxidation and de-oxidation of the Hydrogens, within a single drop of water....that's also the essence of life on our Planet Earth and the Universe, by God's Grace.

  4. Patrick Korten:

    We went to war against Hitler, his picture was there. It was not admiringly. It was him as the epitome of the enemy that we went to fight against.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    An epitome of the whole of life on Earth lies right in front of us, in the perpetual processes of re-oxidation and de-oxidation of the Hydrogens in a drop of water.

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