- 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, e·pit·o·mise.
Origin of epitomize
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Examples from the Web for epitomise
It always seemed to her to characterise and to epitomise him, that grotesque expression.This Freedom
A. S. M. Hutchinson
The actual achievements of Manet epitomise the secondary in art.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
Nearly 150 of these "Conversations" were written in all, and we epitomise here five of the best-known.
He therefore instituted a poetical competition in which each monk was to epitomise in a quatrain the essence of Zen.Zen Buddhism
To repeat the whole problem as it is put in the Summa, we can epitomise the reasoning of St. Thomas in this easier way.Mediaeval Socialism
- to be a personification of; typify
- to make an epitome of
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Word Origin and History for epitomise
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