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Definition of "epitome" []

  • A representative or perfect example of a class or type: "He is seen . . . as the epitome of the hawkish, right-of-center intellectual” ( Paul Kennedy). (noun)
  • A brief summary, as of a book or article; an abstract. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "epitome" in a sentence
  • "THE Bible contains the history of the human race in epitome; is the mirror in which every age and every generation may see reflected its own features and complexion."
  • "But when preparing my Mss. for print I found the text incomplete, many of the stories being given in epitome and not a few ruthlessly mutilated with head or feet wanting."
  • "Vocabulary What is the epitome of the word epitome?"