Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Epitome (Page: 503)

E*pit"o*me (?), n.; pl. Epitomes (#). [L., fr. Gr. a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. to cut into, cut short; upon + to cut: cf. F. épitome. 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.

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

2. A compact or condensed representation of anything.

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.