1. [syn: prototype, paradigm, epitome, image]
2. a brief abstract (as of an article or book);
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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.
[An] epitome of the contents of a very large book.
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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good
breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good
father" [syn: prototype, paradigm, epitome, image]
2: a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
84 Moby Thesaurus words for "epitome":
abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridgement, abridgment,
abstract, antetype, antitype, apocope, archetype, biotype,
breviary, brief, capsule, classic example, compend, compendium,
compression, condensation, condensed version, conspectus,
contraction, criterion, curtailment, digest, draft, elision,
ellipsis, embodiment, essence, exemplar, foreshortening, fugleman,
fugler, genotype, head, imitatee, last word, lead, mirror, model,
original, outline, overview, pandect, paradigm, pattern,
personification, precedent, precis, prototype, quintessence, recap,
recapitulation, reduction, representative, resume, retrenchment,
review, rubric, rule, shortened version, shortening, skeleton,
sketch, standard, sum, summary, summation, summing-up, survey,
syllabus, syncope, synopsis, telescoping, thumbnail sketch,
topical outline, truncation, type, type species, type specimen,
typical example, ultimate, urtext