Epitome

Pronunciation: [ ih-pit-uh-mee ]


Definition: noun

1: a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class

2: a condensed account, especially of a literary work; abstract

Origin: Eary 16th century; Greek


Etymology: via Latin from Greek epitomē, from epitemnein ‘abridge’, from epi ‘in addition’ + temnein ‘to cut’


Usage:

Synonyms:

1:

  • personification

  • embodiment

  • incarnation

  • paragon

  • essence

2:

  • summary

  • abstract

  • synopsis

  • outline

Antonyms:

1:

  • opposite

  • contrast

  • anthesis

2:

  • addition

  • expansion

  • enlargement

Example:

1: He is the epitome of an ideal child.

2: The piece published in the literary journal was an excellent epitome of the full story.

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