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[ih-pit-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), epitomized, epitomizing.
to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify:
This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area.
to make an epitome of:
to epitomize an argument.
Also, especially British, epitomise.
Origin of epitomize
First recorded in 1590-1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related forms
epitomization, noun
epitomizer, noun
unepitomized, adjective Unabridged
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  • In her was epitomized the sadness of the stranger in Vienna.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • The superstition-fostered thing that epitomized his genius to himself.

  • The history of these seven days might be epitomized in the three words—They were happy!

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  • A post-office, with its millions of letters, is an epitomized world.

  • By day it is Paris epitomized; by night it is a dream of Greece.

    The Thirteen Honore de Balzac
  • They are epitomized by the two words “army usury” and “money marriages.”

    A Little Garrison Fritz von der Kyrburg
British Dictionary definitions for epitomized


verb (transitive)
to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of
Derived Forms
epitomist, noun
epitomization, epitomisation, noun
epitomizer, epitomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for epitomized



1590s, "shorten, condense," from epitome + -ize. Meaning "typify, embody" is from 1620s. Related: Epitomized; epitomizing; epitomizes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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