Brown was the epitome of the post-feminist idea of her time as an over 40 single mother with a powerful career.
However he may have failed in handling the Sandusky affair, he was the epitome of calm in the face of difficult challenges.
It was the epitome of Kim Kardashian, and a fitting summation of the Year of Butt.
1520s, "an abstract; brief statement of the chief points of some writing," from Middle French épitomé (16c.), from Latin epitome "abridgment," from Greek epitome "abridgment," from epitemnein "cut short, abridge," from epi "into" (see epi-) + temnein "to cut" (see tome). Sense of "person or thing that typifies something" is first recorded c.1600.