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  • Noun




Theo is the epitome or perfect example of kindness; everyone adores him for the thoughtful and generous way he treats his friends. Nobody can quite believe how nice he is, especially considering that his father Tad is the epitome or best example of a spoiled, rich person. Tad seems to believe that he is the epitome of or last word in being “cool,” but he’s really just a thoughtless jerk. It’s good that Theo is redefining the family name as the epitome or essence of goodness.

Quiz: What is the epitome of something?

  • It is the simplest possible form of it.
  • It is the easiest explanation of it.
  • It is the best illustration of it.

Memory Hook

Epitome A Pie To Me When she gave that sweet pie to me it was the epitome of joy.


  • "Ann Richards was the epitome of Texas politics: a figure larger than life who had a gift for captivating the public with her great wit," said Gov. Rick Perry in a statement. —The Texas Tribune
  • Chadwick Boseman was remembered as a hometown hero who brought a sense of pride to his native Anderson, South Carolina. . . . “He is the epitome of black excellence,” said Deanna Brown-Thomas, the daughter of legendary singer James Brown and president of her father’s family foundation. —The Augusta Chronicle
  • Kim Royar, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said King has been a great conservation partner for her organization. “He works to bring groups together under the broad umbrella of conservation,” she said. “He is the epitome of a great partner—he works hard, collaborates, is humble, and is a pleasure to work with. —Addison County Independent
  • "He spread his grace on everything and every one he came in contact with," former Brave Chipper Jones said. Noting the challenges [Hank] Aaron faced in his lifetime, Jones called him the "epitome of class and integrity." —NPR

Word Ingredients

epi- near, short
tom cut, cutting, slice
e used for spelling and pronunciation

An epitome is a representative or characteristic “cutting or slice near” the essence or best example of a group of people.

Word Theater

Parks and Recreation The epitome of a desk for the head of a department.

Word Constellation


Word Variants

epitomize v to be an excellent representative example of something