a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class: He is the epitome of goodness.
a condensed account, especially of a literary work; abstract.

1520–30; < Latin epitomē abridgment < Greek epitomḗ abridgment, surface incision. See epi-, -tome

epitomical [ep-i-tom-i-kuhl] , epitomic, adjective

1. embodiment, exemplification, model, typification, quintessence.
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epitome (ɪˈpɪtəmɪ)
1.  a typical example of a characteristic or class; embodiment; personification: he is the epitome of sloth
2.  a summary of a written work; abstract
[C16: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein to abridge, from epi- + temnein to cut]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, "an abstract; brief statement of the chief points of some writing," from M.Fr., from L., from Gk. epitome "abridgment," from epitemnein "cut short, abridge," from epi- "into" + temnein "to cut" (see tome). Sense of "person or thing that typifies something" is first recorded c.1600.
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Example sentences
For me, he is the epitome of the engaged scholar-citizen.
Rockefeller was the epitome of the monopolist who sought to corner industrial
  production in certain commodities.
My policies are the epitome of fair.
Mr Takeshima is the epitome of the well-rounded establishment figure.
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