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epitomes


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epitome  \E*pit"o*me\,  n.;  pl  {Epitomes}.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?  a 
  surface  incision,  also  and  abridgment,  fr  ?  to  cut  into 
  cut  short;  'epi`  upon  +  te`mnein  to  cut:  cf  F.  ['e]pitome. 
  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}. 




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