[ ih-pit-uh-mee ]
/ ɪˈpɪt ə mi /


a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class: He is the epitome of goodness.
a condensed account, especially of a literary work; abstract.

Origin of epitome

1520–30; < Latin epitomē abridgment < Greek epitomḗ abridgment, surface incision. See epi-, -tome


ep·i·tom·i·cal [ep-i-tom-i-kuhl] /ˌɛp ɪˈtɒm ɪ kəl/, ep·i·tom·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epitome

/ (ɪˈpɪtəmɪ) /


a typical example of a characteristic or class; embodiment; personificationhe is the epitome of sloth
a summary of a written work; abstract

Derived forms of epitome

epitomical (ˌɛpɪˈtɒmɪkəl) or epitomic, adjective

Word Origin for epitome

C16: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein to abridge, from epi- + temnein to cut
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