To see details on the word
please enable javascript.


Obnoxiously enough, Celeste was the epitome of gracefulness.
Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  a standard or typical example

or more rarely:  a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
 Mark word for later review on this computer
epitome epitomizes epitomized epitomize epitomizing epitomes
Note that this is frequently misspelled with an ending "y" because of the long "e" sound in the last syllable. Click on "Dictionary (w/ pronunciation)" to hear the pronunciation.
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • Obnoxiously enough, Celeste was the epitome of gracefulness.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Beautiful, ebullient, passionate to a degree, and devilish when the mood was on her, she hardly looked like the epitome of motherhood; yet there could have been no better mother anywhere.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Odysseus and Penelope—the epitome of a perfect marriage!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Jill seemed to live the epitome of the fast, successful life.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

  • Show more
  • The crowd of predominantly women conferred at that point, knowing that Himmel Street was not exactly the epitome of idyllic Molching living.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Robbee found herself thinking: "Wow, this is the epitome of a person appreciating this day and this moment."
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Neat, slender and erect, the woman touched him often as she sat by his bedside and was the epitome of stately sorrow each time she smiled.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Those two epitomize ’get a room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Our time on the island had been the epitome of my human life.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The passengers and driver laughed, but to Ma this episode epitomized her entire experience in Delaware, that darned turkey rolling down the darned aisle in front of all those darned people.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

  • Show more again
  • He hated Ellen O’Hara above anyone else, for she was the epitome of all that he hated in Southerners.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He was the epitome of a perfect soldier.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The day is an epitome of the year.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She had come out here from New England, where she had spent her life, and it seemed to her that in a few short sentences this man Watson, with his fluffy fringe of hair, had epitomized what the West was supposed to be all about.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The debate which ensued was in its scope and progress an epitome of the course of life.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Fairly or unfairly, to her derogators Pittman epitomized all that was reprehensible about Dick Bass’s Popularization of the Seven Summits and the ensuing debasement of the world’s highest mountain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • And yet somehow, through the centuries, this story dominated by the theft of two women has come to epitomize ideals of heroism and loyalty, sacrifice and loss.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The nature of evil may be epitomized, therefore, in two simple but horrible and holy propositions: ’Things fade’ and ’Alternatives exclude.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Nate, of course, was smiling as he listened, the epitome of the Nicest Guy in the World.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Mr. Harthouse professed himself in the highest degree instructed and refreshed, by this condensed epitome of the whole Coketown question.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He’s not a coward, he’s the epitome of all the cowardice in the world walking on two legs.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • They play upon people’s fears and poison their minds against you, the Varden, and King Orrin…… Az Sweldn rak Anhuin is the epitome of what we must overcome if I am to be king.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He held the tiny conversation in his hand, and felt it epitomized his problem.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Thus Uncle Venner was a miscellaneous old gentleman, partly himself, but, in good measure, somebody else; patched together, too, of different epochs; an epitome of times and fashions.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • "Count," said Morrel, "you are the epitome of all human knowledge, and you seem like a being descended from a wiser and more advanced world than ours."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Red Guards of yesterday were the epitome of the communist spirit.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Both laws epitomized the ethos of the Nationalist government, which pretended to preserve what they were attempting to destroy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Mr. Oak appeared in the entry with a steaming face, hay-bands wound about his ankles to keep out the snow, a leather strap round his waist outside the smock-frock, and looking altogether an epitome of the world’s health and vigour.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Inanna and Ereshkigal, the two sisters, light and dark respectively, together represent, according to the antique manner of symbolization, the one goddess in two aspects; and their confrontation epitomizes the whole sense of the difficult road of trials.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Also, because for the moment she was before him so downcast and wistful, epitomizing really all the lure of the old relationship, he put his arms around her and kissed her.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Uttering a low querulous growl, the speaker, whose harsh countenance was the very epitome of selfishness, raked the scanty fire nearly out of the grate, and, emptying the glass which Noggs had pushed towards him, inquired where he kept his coals.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Such was the dawn of Freedom; such was the work of the Freedmen’s Bureau, which, summed up in brief, may be epitomized thus: for some fifteen million dollars, beside the sums spent before 1865, and the dole of benevolent societies, this Bureau set going a system of free labor, established a beginning of peasant proprietorship, secured the recognition of black freedmen before courts of law, and founded the free common school in the South.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • This luminous idea was a great addition to his historical acquirements during this half-year, which were otherwise confined to an epitomized history of the Jews.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • To Reich she was the epitome of the modern career girl—the virgin seductress.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • And must I find her body, there reclining, Of all the heavens the bright epitome?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • He seemed the epitome of animal vigor and spirit.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • She looked the epitome of an innocent teenager with top grades.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • I wanted to see George Wallace, the epitome of all that was wrong with the South.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Kitsch is the epitome of all that is spurious in the life of our times.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Maxon Schreave is the epitome of all things good.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • Jon Marin, in spite of his name, looked and sounded like the epitome of a New York Jewish boy.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Proceeding on, another Troy I see, Or, in less compass, Troy’s epitome.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • CIA director Alan Dulles, an urbane and wealthy gentleman in his late sixties, epitomizes that aura of secrecy and covert intrigue.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • John Wilkes Booth epitomizes the evil that can harm us, even as President Abraham Lincoln represents the good that can make us stronger.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • It is as if a fragment of England floated forward to greet the foreigner—chalk of our chalk, turf of our turf, epitome of what will follow.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Hurt Village had long since come to epitomize the despair of inner-city life, but it didn’t occur for a minute to Michael to leave.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • But of late she felt the huge remove between her practice in Africa and the frontiers of scientific medicine epitomized by England and America.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In fact the epitome of literary grace is to address your enemy (publicly) in some difficult verse form, say the sestina, with every word dripping vitriol.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • In its beginnings, purest piety, the epitome of judicious concern—there should be no thought of contesting that.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In every aspect, she seemed the epitome of beauty, even though he knew that another might say her nose was too long, or her face too angled, or her ears too pointed, or her arms too muscled.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   epitome [5]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Philosophy, History
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading