from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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).
- n. A brief summary, as of a book or article; an abstract.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The embodiment or encapsulation of.
- n. A representative example.
- n. The height; the best.
- n. A brief summary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A compact or condensed representation of anything; something possessing conspicuously or to a high degree the qualities of a class.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Hence Anything which represents another or others in a condensed or comprehensive form.
- n. Synonyms Compendium, Compend, etc. See abridgment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a standard or typical example
- n. a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
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?
Not even Loren Pierce's railing commentary on the pastor's introduction of an outlandish word like "epitome" -- clearly forbidden by the Discipline's injunction to plain language understood of the people -- availed to sap the satisfaction of the majority.
And that night and the next and the next, I wrote "Gentleman Adventurers," which the critics called the epitome of all that is balladesque.
If boutique isn't your preference, you may like the second hotel, Le Royal Monceau. 149 rooms and designed by Phillippe Stark, this hotel is what I'd call the epitome of Parisian luxury.
This method is popular in diners across the nation, but the epitome is the Shake Shack with three locations in NYC and a cult following that forms long lines.
The epitome was the Insull group, headquartered in Chicago but with tentacles extending into thirty states—an unsettling octopus of capital and influence.
Epicycles worked on paper, sort of, but they did a much better job at keeping astronomers respectable and their models intact than at describing the actual movements of heavenly bodies; they have come to be known as the epitome of bad science.
For me the epitome is the Establishment's surprise at Stephen Colbert's press dinner speech, and their poo pooing critiques.