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epitome - vocabulary

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A person or thing that is typical of or represents to a high degree the attributes of an entire class; a summary or abstract of a larger literary work.

Note: The word epitome does not mean “pinnacle” or “climax” though many people use it this way.

The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?

—Former President Gerald R. Ford Speech, May 28, 1978

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