An example of epitome is Mother Teresa, who was the perfect example of a generous person.
- a short statement of the main points of a book, report, incident, etc.; abstract; summary
- a person or thing that shows all the typical qualities of something
Origin of epitomeClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek epitom?, abridgment ; from epitemnein, to cut short ; from epi-, upon + temnein, to cut: see -tomy
- A representative or perfect example of a class or type: “He is seen &ellipsis; as the epitome of the hawkish, right-of-center intellectual” (Paul Kennedy).
- A brief summary, as of a book or article; an abstract.
Origin of epitomeLatin epitom&emacron;, a summary, from Greek, an abridgment, from epitemnein, to cut short : epi-, epi- + temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.
(plural epitomes or epitomai)
The sense ‘the height, the best’ is considered incorrect by some.
From Middle French, from Latin epitome, epitoma, from Ancient Greek ἐπιτομή (epitomē, “an abridgment, also a surface-incision”), from ἐπιτέμνω (epitemnō, “I cut upon the surface, cut short, abridge”), from ἐπί (epi-) + τέμνω (temnō, “to cut”).