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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
The fatwa is the epitome of this — the world actively wants to kill him.
When the Eagles run the ball The Eagles have been the epitome of a balanced offense over the last five games.
Back then, cycling was soaring, and Armstrong was the epitome of the Athletic Dream.
Burpees are full body strength and endurance building exercise that is the epitome of functional fitness.
And that is the epitome of why Republicans have struggled for nine months and counting to repeal Obamacare.
Tramps were the epitome of the era’s dangerous classes.
Complete with a kitchenette, Carrara marble vanities and separate living quarters, this two-level suite is the epitome of downtown Chicago living.
Quarterback Jake Bentley has been the epitome of average this season; nothing about his statistical profile stands out.
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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.
Synonymsabstract, breviary, brief, capsule, conspectus, digest, encapsulation, summary, inventory, outline, précis, recap, recapitulation, résumé (or resume also resumé), roundup, rundown, run-through, sum, summa, summarization, summing-up, sum-up, synopsis, wrap-up
Related Wordsabbreviation, abridgment (or abridgement), compend, compendium, condensation, curtailment, shortening; simplification, streamlining; rehash, reprise; conclusion, epilogue (also epilog)
Near Antonymsamplification, enlargement, expansion; addendum, supplement
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