Definition of epitome in English:



  • 1the epitome ofA person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.

    ‘she looked the epitome of elegance and good taste’
    • ‘The Queen herself was the epitome of elegance, wearing - most appropriately for the occasion - a beautiful Mudmee blouse of a sandy brown and a long dress of silver-grey.’
    • ‘Mary, for example, is the epitome of virtue in the original comedy show.’
    • ‘Helen's older sister Jenny is the epitome of the perfect Mum.’
    • ‘This is all highly wonderful and simply the epitome of science fiction writing, but I'm truly excited to inform you that the best is still to come.’
    • ‘He was described by the man who nominated him for the award as ‘the epitome of quality leadership in the modern educational era’.’
    • ‘Truly, Jun was the epitome of a perfect leader for anyone and everyone to follow and Chase readily admitted to that - a thing that he seldom did.’
    • ‘Although flexible and graceful were not the words I'd use to describe our tai chi motions, our instructors William and Pandora were the epitome of suppleness and elegance.’
    • ‘I hated superficiality, and the popular people were the very epitome of it.’
    • ‘Bob and Marcie (not their real names; in fact, they are not real people) are the very epitome of the Silicon Valley lifestyle.’
    • ‘The whole place is practically the epitome of ‘timeless elegance’.’
    • ‘These people have become the epitome and complete personification of Greed and Corruption.’
    • ‘In the Netherlands there was initially a craving for all things French, for France represented the epitome of modernity and luxury.’
    • ‘I pictured her to be the epitome of Southern beauty.’
    • ‘From the seven bedrooms on the first floor, to the nine reception rooms on the ground floor, to the staff quarters below stairs, the apartment is the epitome of elegance.’
    • ‘She was the epitome of all Rubensian models and appears in many of his late works, not only in portraits but in the guise of various saints and deities.’
    • ‘Kate is the epitome of ladylike elegance with poker straight posture, a svelte figure and a confident yet warm personality.’
    • ‘This is the man who represents the epitome of style in his immaculately pressed shirts, tirelessly shined shoes and tailored business attire.’
    • ‘In public our relationship was the epitome of a perfect, loving relationship.’
    • ‘In many ways Detroit is the epitome of the materialist paradigm, a place where the mechanical worldview was perfected.’
    • ‘Smoking is an evil, deadly addiction, and for smokers to insist on blowing their foul pollution onto other people is the very epitome of senseless selfishness.’
    personification, embodiment, incarnation, paragon
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  • 2A summary of a written work; an abstract.

    • ‘For the rest we depend on excerpts and the epitomes of Zonaras (down to 146 and 44 BC to AD 96) and Xiphilinus.’
    • ‘The two sacred epitomes - ‘Aadi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib’ (now onwards GGS) and ‘Dasam Granth’ have also been given the stature of ‘Guru’ by the tenth Guru - Guru Gobinda Singh.’
    • ‘Or, as another scholar has said, the creed is an epitome and summary that guides and directs a proper reading of Scripture.’
    summary, abstract, synopsis, precis, résumé, outline, digest, recapitulation, summation, compendium, potted version
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    1. 2.1archaic A thing representing something else in miniature.


Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein ‘abridge’, from epi ‘in addition’ + temnein ‘to cut’.