Definition of epitome
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Examples of epitome in a Sentence
Terns, nicknamed sea swallows by fishermen, are superb flying machines, the epitome of beauty on the wing. —E. Vernon Laux, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2001
Manchester, then known as ‘Cottonopolis’ and perceived throughout the world as the epitome of the whirling fierceness of the industrial revolution. … —Roy Jenkins, Gladstone, (1995) 1997
Hamilton thought the bank was a fait accompli, but he had not reckoned on Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jefferson, the lover of rural virtues, had a deep, almost visceral hatred of banks, the epitome of all that was urban. —John Steele Gordon, American Heritage, July/August 1990
I didn't tell him that, at the time, I thought the place to be the epitome of bourgeois comfort; in those days I thought that there was some connection between creative talent and penury. —Ishmael Reed, “August Wilson,” 1987, in Writin' Is Fightin', 1988
the golden rule is often cited as the epitome of moral conduct: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
the prestigious prep school prides itself on being widely regarded as the epitome of tradition and old-fashioned values
Recent Examples of epitome from the Web
Volquez, a native of the Dominican Republic, is the epitome of a baseball journeyman.
During the early 20th century, consumer culture also began to reinforce communal bathing as the epitome of American manliness.
Lohan posted a photo to Instagram while yachting in Cannes in which she's seen rocking a cold-shoulder blue and white stripe top (the epitome of a yachting ensemble) and a cartilage earring.
The combination -- marrying a German company known for its technology and an American rival regarded as the epitome of efficiency -- rose from the ashes last December after being killed three months earlier amid opposition from Linde employees.
Overflowing with colors and cute moments, Astro’s latest music video is the epitome of bubblegum pop.
Completed in 1986, it is considered the epitome of the style.
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Epitome Has Greek Roots
Epitome first appeared in print in 1520, when it was used to mean "summary." If someone asks you to summarize a long paper, you effectively cut it up, mentioning only the most important ideas in your synopsis, and the etymology of epitome reflects this process. The word descends from Greek epitemnein, meaning "to cut short," which in turn was formed from the prefix epi- and the verb temnein, which means "to cut." Your summary probably also presents all the key points of the original work, which may explain why epitome eventually came to be used for anything (such as a person or object) that is a clear or good example of an abstraction.
Origin and Etymology of epitome
Latin, from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein to cut short, from epi- + temnein to cut — more at tome
First Known Use: 1520
EPITOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epitome for English Language Learners
: a perfect example : an example that represents or expresses something very well
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