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epitome

[ih-pit-uh-mee] /ɪˈpɪt ə mi/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a condensed account, especially of a literary work; abstract.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin epitomē abridgment < Greek epitomḗ abridgment, surface incision. See epi-, -tome
Related forms
epitomical
[ep-i-tom-i-kuh l] /ˌɛp ɪˈtɒm ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
epitomic, adjective
Synonyms
1. embodiment, exemplification, model, typification, quintessence.
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British Dictionary definitions for epitomic

epitome

/ɪˈpɪtəmɪ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
epitomical (ˌɛpɪˈtɒmɪkəl), epitomic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein to abridge, from epi- + temnein to cut
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Word Origin and History for epitomic

epitome

n.

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.

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