Epitome meaning

ĭ-pĭtə-mē
Epitome is defined as a person or object that is defined as a perfect example of something.

An example of epitome is Mother Teresa, who was the perfect example of a generous person.

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A person or thing that shows all the typical qualities of something.
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A representative or perfect example of a class or type.
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A brief summary, as of a book or article; an abstract.
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A short statement of the main points of a book, report, incident, etc.; abstract; summary.
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(of a class of items) The embodiment or encapsulation of.
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(of a class of items) A representative example.
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(of a class of items) The height; the best.
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(of a written document) A brief summary.
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Origin of epitome

  • Latin epitomē a summary from Greek an abridgment from epitemnein to cut short epi- epi- temnein to cut tem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary