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 .
- e·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noun
- e·pit·o·miz·er, noun
- un·e·pit·o·mized, adjective
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How to use epitomize in a sentence
Watching “CODA” epitomized the pure joy of discovery that the festival has become known — and, frankly, overhyped — for.Even in a world turned upside-down and an all-virtual Sundance, the movies survived | Ann Hornaday | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Wherever in town the owners served crab cakes and grilled squid, along with relaxed but informed service, Johnny’s epitomized the definition of a neighborhood restaurant.We lost Johnny’s Half Shell to the pandemic. After 20 years, it deserves a farewell toast. | Tom Sietsema | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
“S” is for selfish, the character weakness, epitomized by both Snyder and Haskins, that almost always has cascading effects on innocent others.Don’t make what’s interesting important, Ron Rivera says. Easier said than done for Washington. | Thomas M. Boswell | December 27, 2020 | Washington Post
“In this combination,” Robinson added, “Chatterjee epitomized the best of Bengal, like Ray himself.”Soumitra Chatterjee, celebrated Indian actor and ‘one-man stock company’ for Satyajit Ray, dies at 85 | Harrison Smith | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Turner epitomized America’s lack of discipline in handling the pandemic.It turns out there is such a thing as too much sports | Jerry Brewer | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
A self-invented super-funster, John epitomized everything that was great about the Village in the pre-hedge-fund era.When Downtown Was Cool: Mario Batali, Simon Doonan, Wynton Marsalis Remember the Good Old Days | The Daily Beast | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both the Giants and the Jets descended into mediocrity, a situation epitomized by the “Miracle In The Meadowlands” in 1978.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA | Ben Jacobs | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The McAuliffe candidacy epitomized everything about their own party that progressive Democrats most dislike.
But with McGovern gone, it seems that the Democratic tradition of decent populism he epitomized was being interred along with him.Prairie Populism Goes Bust As Obama’s Democrats Loses The Empty Quarter | Joel Kotkin | November 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The moment epitomized for me the absence of level-headed and intelligent political discourse about Israel.
Indeed we may say that the shoe industry epitomized the general economic evolution of the country.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
Every gradation of display between splendour and misery is epitomized in the circuit of the Boulevards.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II | Various
And then the wisdom of the West came to him, as epitomized by Cocker along the lines laid down by Solomon.King--of the Khyber Rifles | Talbot Mundy
Here we see epitomized all the goodness and beauty of Haydn's character.Haydn | J. Cuthbert Hadden
He also epitomized Livy and Virgil's Aeneid in the same metre, but these works are lost.
British Dictionary definitions for epitomize
to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of
- epitomist, noun
- epitomization or epitomisation, noun
- epitomizer or epitomiser, noun
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