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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 epitomical

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 epitomical
epitome
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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