To be a typical example of: behavior that epitomizes selfishness. (verb-transitive)
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Use "epitomize" in a sentence
"Now this may appear to be picking on Jeph Loeb, the writer of both books, but these titles epitomize the top ten, either being part of an event, written by a superstar and illustrated by a well-known artist, and both are books published by Marvel Comics, which is also a common theme amongst the majority of books."
"But doesn't that phrase epitomize McCain's belligerent nationalism?"
"Minus 2 points for misspelling "epitomize" but otherwise, yes, you're spot on."