• WordNet 3.6
    • n epitome a standard or typical example "he is the prototype of good breeding","he provided America with an image of the good father"
    • n epitome a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epitome A compact or condensed representation of anything; something possessing conspicuously or to a high degree the qualities of a class. "An epitome of English fashionable life.""A man so various that he seemed to be
      Not one, but all mankind's epitome ."
    • Epitome A work in which the contents of a former work are reduced within a smaller space by curtailment and condensation; a brief summary; an abridgement. "An epitome of the contents of a very large book."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epitome An abridgment; a brief summary or abstract of a subject, or of a more extended exposition of it; a compendium containing the substance or principal matters of a book or other writing.
    • n epitome Hence Anything which represents another or others in a condensed or comprehensive form.
    • n epitome Synonyms Compendium, Compend, etc. See abridgment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epitome e-pit′o-me an abridgment or short summary of anything, as of a book
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. to cut into, cut short; 'epi` upon + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. épitome,. See Tome
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—epi, temnein, to cut.


In literature:

It is not so naturall for me to epitomize his impietie, as to heare him in his owne person speake vppon the wheele where he was to suffer.
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
For, let us see, what is the epitome of a newspaper?
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
I said to myself as I went away from the galleries, that Dutch painting would stand for me henceforth as an epitome of the Dutch people.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
Man himself is but an epitome of the nations of men.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Lithe and poised, he was the epitome of leashed and controlled action.
"Subspace Survivors" by E. E. Smith
In other words it comes from the epitome and personification of all the love in the universe.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Really, Brenton," and Opdyke looked up at him with singularly unclouded eyes; "that's about my present life in epitome.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
I say this is an epitome of doctrinal development in the Catholic Church.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
As a Yankee blue jacket epitomized it at the time, they all got their feet in the trough at once.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
The epitome of the unfamiliar is the familiar inverted, the familiar turned on its head.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn

In poetry:

One of the People! Born to be
Their curious Epitome;
To share, yet rise above
Their shifting hate and love.
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Our sacred hearths shall burn eternally
As vestal flames; the North-wind, he
Shall strike his frost-stretched wings, dissolve, and fly
This Etna in epitome.
"The Grasshopper" by Richard Lovelace
Then in the valley, where the brook went by,
Silvering the ledges that it rippled from,--
An isolated slip of fallen sky,
Epitomizing heaven in its sum,--
An iris bloomed--blue, as if, flower-disguised,
The gaze of Spring had there materialized.
"A Wild Iris" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then in the valley, where the brook went by,
Silvering the ledges that it rippled from,—
An isolated slip of fallen sky,
Epitomizing heaven in its sum,—
An iris bloomed—blue, as if, flower-disguised,
The gaze of Spring had there materialized.
"The Wild Iris" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Chicken potpie is the epitome of comfort food for me.
Gators' commit Keanu Neal epitomizes the term All-American.
The honking geese and baying hounds signal the epitome of autumn.
Victoria Beckham was the epitome of laidback chic at a Spice Girls event in London last night.
Gene Vincent only had one really big hit, "Be- Bop -a-Lula," which epitomized rockabilly at its prime in 1956 with its sharp guitar breaks, spare snare.
Brother Bob Smith epitomized the 'Messmer Way.
Earning this award demonstrates that the aquatic facilities they operate consistently exceed industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence.
Skittish, curious, loving, and vividly adorable, Henry's new puppy, Charley , epitomizes the idea that while being a fledging pet owner isn't always easy, it's entirely worthwhile.
In 1971, Clement 's sayings, which epitomize the 1960s era of skiing, were published along with illustrated cartoons in a booklet titled "Lines From a Lift Shack," illustrated by Max Harris.
Since then, Jack has been the epitome of hard work and keeping a positive attitude.
Mitt Romney's mendacious candidacy both epitomized and exploited his party's estrangement from reality.
You are the epitome of the word corruption .
To some Côte -Rôtie lovers, no name is more revered than that of Marius Gentaz, whose wines epitomized the flavors of that region.
Costco exec epitomizes Obama's love of crony capitalism.
The Obamacare Debacle The plan epitomizes the president we've reelected.

In science:

The dependence of such sums Sn with the number n of terms epitomizes the role of the broadness of probability distributions of xi ’s.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
C 2 n , (1/ Yn)t increases with the sample size! Thus just as Y t This counterintuitive result epitomizes the paradoxical behaviour of some broad distributions.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
III we epitomize the ideas about quantum to classical systems transition.
Cosmology and entanglement
Let us just epitomize a little more in detail the schemes that can have some interest in our discussion.
Cosmology and entanglement
The villages epitomize the soul of India. Rural India reflects the very essence of Indian culture and tradition.
Reaching the Unreached A Role of ICT in Sustainable Rural Development