verb (used with object), e·pit·o·mized, e·pit·o·miz·ing.
  1. to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify: This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area.
  2. to make an epitome of: to epitomize an argument.
Also especially British, e·pit·o·mise.

Origin of epitomize

First recorded in 1590–1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related formse·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noune·pit·o·miz·er, nounun·e·pit·o·mized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for epitomised

Historical Examples of epitomised

  • It was thus that I epitomised the recent history of my old camarados.

  • Yes, that was the point of it and the reason it epitomised him.

    This Freedom

    A. S. M. Hutchinson

  • This law has been epitomised by Spencer as the 'survival of the fittest.'

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • Briefly and infrequently written, they epitomised the wanderer's life.

  • It epitomised all that Josie Fifer had missed of beauty and homage and success.

British Dictionary definitions for epitomised



verb (tr)
  1. to be a personification of; typify
  2. to make an epitome of
Derived Formsepitomist, nounepitomization or epitomisation, nounepitomizer or epitomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for epitomised



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper