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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
But the movie does remind that Lauren Hutton, with a small role as Lily LeClaire herself, is still the epitome of cool.
Winnie was the epitome of strength and defiance despite her questionable moral issues that haunted her and nearly ruined her liberation posterity....
With its tranquil spa, expansive grounds, and unique treehouse suites, Chewton Glen is the epitome of luxury in the British countryside.
As Russia's leader in the 21st century, he's been the epitome of both traits — fighting Chechen rebels, directing the annexation of Crimea and, allegedly, approving an extensive and devious campaign to undermine American democracy.
In fact, she was almost obsessed with being the epitome of good health as the season progressed.
Last week, John McCain was the epitome of confidence.
Cousins is the epitome of the high-ceiling QB—a former fourth-round draft pick who played his way out of the enormous shadow of Robert Griffin III and into a starring role with the Washington Redskins.
Hamilton presented Pulsar as the epitome of space-age cool.
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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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