Epitome
Epitome E*pit"o*me, n.; pl. {Epitomes}. [L., fr. Gr. ? a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. ? to cut into, cut short; 'epi` upon + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. ['e]pitome. See {Tome}.] 1. A work in which the contents of a former work are reduced within a smaller space by curtailment and condensation; a brief summary; an abridgement. [1913 Webster]

[An] epitome of the contents of a very large book. --Sydney Smith. [1913 Webster]

2. A compact or condensed representation of anything; something possessing conspicuously or to a high degree the qualities of a class. [1913 Webster +PJC]

An epitome of English fashionable life. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

A man so various that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome. --Dryden.

Syn: Abridgement; compendium; compend; abstract; synopsis; abbreviature. See {Abridgment}. [1913 Webster]


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  • épitomé — [ epitɔme ] n. m. • épitome 1522; lat. epitome, gr. epitomê « abrégé » ♦ Didact. (titres) Abrégé d un ouvrage d histoire antique. Épitomé de l histoire de la Grèce. ● épitomé nom masculin (latin epitome, du grec epitomê, abrégé) Abrégé d un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • épitome — ou, plus usité, épitomé (é pi to m ou é pi to mé) s. m. 1°   Abrégé d un livre. L épitome de Justin. •   Kepler dit, au quatrième livre de son épitome...., VOLT. Newton, III, 5. 2°   S écrit et se prononce toujours épitomé, quand on parle d un… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • épitomé — épitome ou, plus usité, épitomé (é pi to m ou é pi to mé) s. m. 1°   Abrégé d un livre. L épitome de Justin. •   Kepler dit, au quatrième livre de son épitome...., VOLT. Newton, III, 5. 2°   S écrit et se prononce toujours épitomé, quand on parle …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Epítome — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Epítome (del griego ἐπιτομή epitome) es el resumen o sumario de una obra extensa, que describe lo más fundamental. La importancia de los epítomes para la historiografía actual radica en que en muchas ocasiones… …   Wikipedia Español

  • epitome — 1520s, an abstract; brief statement of the chief points of some writing, from M.Fr. épitomé (16c.), from L. epitome abridgment, from Gk. epitome abridgment, from epitemnein cut short, abridge, from epi into (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + temnein to cut… …   Etymology dictionary

  • epitome — /e pitome/ s.f. [dal lat. epitome, gr. epitomḗ taglio , der. di epitémno compendiare ]. (crit.) [versione abbreviata di un ampia opera, per lo più di contenuto storiografico] ▶◀ compendio, riassunto, sintesi, sunto. ◀▶ accrescimento, ampliamento …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • epitome — pronounced as four syllables (i pit ǝ mi), is derived from a Greek word literally meaning ‘to cut into’. It has two main meanings in English, (1) a person or thing typically representing a quality or class • (Little did he dream when he designed… …   Modern English usage

  • epitome — [n1] perfect example apotheosis, archetype, embodiment, essence, exemplar, exemplification, illustration, last word*, personification, quintessence, representation, type, typification, ultimate; concept 686 epitome [n2] abbreviation abridgment,… …   New thesaurus

  • epítome — sustantivo masculino 1. Uso/registro: elevado. Resumen o compendio de una obra más extensa: He leído el epítome de gramática que has escrito y me parece muy útil …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • epitome — Epitome, Epitome huius epitomes …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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