Adjective "Epitome" definition and examples

(Epitome may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɪˈpɪtəmi//ɛˈpɪtəmi/

Definitions and examples

noun

A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'This is the man who represents the epitome of style in his immaculately pressed shirts, tirelessly shined shoes and tailored business attire.'
  3. 'In many ways Detroit is the epitome of the materialist paradigm, a place where the mechanical worldview was perfected.'
  4. 'Bob and Marcie (not their real names; in fact, they are not real people) are the very epitome of the Silicon Valley lifestyle.'
  5. '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.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'He was described by the man who nominated him for the award as ‘the epitome of quality leadership in the modern educational era’.'
  9. 'In the Netherlands there was initially a craving for all things French, for France represented the epitome of modernity and luxury.'
  10. 'Kate is the epitome of ladylike elegance with poker straight posture, a svelte figure and a confident yet warm personality.'
A summary of a written work; an abstract.
  1. 'For the rest we depend on excerpts and the epitomes of Zonaras (down to 146 and 44 BC to AD 96) and Xiphilinus.'

More definitions

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

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