When you refer to an individual or a thing as the “epitome” of something, what you are implying is that they are the “typical or ideal example” of something. The word can be used with both good as well as bad things.

Here are a few examples. *I consider him to be the epitome of the crooked politician. *Rama thinks that travelling by AC two tier is the epitome of extravagance. *Natraj’s new driver is the epitome of laziness.

The vowels in the first two syllables are pronounced like the “i” in “bit”, “sit”, and “hit”. The “o” is like the “a” in “china”, and the final syllable is pronounced like the word “me”. The main stress is on the second syllable “pi”.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, June 21, 2004


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