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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
Starks was the epitome of a utility player for the Chargers.
At the time the move seemed the epitome of tone-deafness.
For many, the lakefront fireworks on July 3 are the epitome of Independence Day in Milwaukee every year.
To rent out the entire Louvre Museum in Paris for their music video marks the epitome of fame, and the crowds swarming The Carters, including recently on their On The Run II Tour, solidify how insane fans will go over the two.
Kelli Ward struggling to stand out In a competitive primary, Ward may not mind being on the outs with McConnell, the epitome of the GOP establishment.
For decades, the furry leopard print coat has been considered the epitome of chic, from the swing-cut style Jackie Kennedy made waves with in 1962 to the many versions Kate Moss has been photographed in over the years.
On the one side was the AfD. On the other was a counter-rally organised by techno clubs, epitomes of the right-on, post-68 Germany.
Then there was season one Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210, the epitome of Spoiled California Teen.
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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.
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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