epitome

[ ih-pit-uh-mee ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

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

Synonyms

  • personification
  • embodiment
  • incarnation
  • paragon
  • essence

Antonyms

  • opposite
  • contrast
  • anthesis

Definition

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

Example

He is the epitome of an ideal child.

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