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1 a short statement of the main points
  • the golden rule is often cited as the epitome of moral conduct: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"

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2 a visible representation of something abstract (as a quality)
  • the prestigious prep school prides itself on being widely regarded as the epitome of tradition and old-fashioned values
  • in his finely tailored suit, he was the very epitome of style and sophistication

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3 the most perfect type or example
  • Mahatma Gandhi is often cited as the epitome of resolute reformer who uses nonviolence to bring about social and political change

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The first known use of epitome was in 1520

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“Epitome.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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