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(n) the best example of something; a brief summary of something. Origin: Gk epi-, into + tomos, a cutting => 'to cut into' => 'to cut short so that only the essence remains' => 'the essence of something' The Ellora caves are the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. Steven Speilberg believes that the movie 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' epitomizes his work. Lord Rama is the epitome of virtue. He is the ideal son, the ideal brother, the ideal husband, the ideal king and the ideal man.

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