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