E·pit·o·me n.; pl. Epitomes
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. --Sydney Smith.
2. A compact or condensed representation of anything; something possessing conspicuously or to a high degree the qualities of a class.
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.
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, image]
2: a brief abstract (as of an article or book)