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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 20th September 2021
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epitome (noun) i-PIT-u-mee

A representative example of a type.

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. Amazon

She was a wonderful example of a certain type of gifted woman, the epitome of whom is Rosaline in Love’s Labours Lost.

Paul Johnson, The Spectator, 30 January 2008. The Spectator

But while he was alive Vian was known less for his work than for being the epitome of Left Bank bohemia, standing at the center of its postwar rehabilitation after the trauma of the German Occupation.

Dan Halpern, The New Yorker, 25 December 2006.
The New Yorker

But for many, fear deepened that the company they have taken great pride in, an epitome of Korean export prowess, along with the embrace of global standards of corporate responsibility, is still hostage to what critics call a “culture of corruption.”

Choe San-Hung, The New York Times, 4 December 2007.
New York Times

We then plunged fearlessly into the Imperial splendour of the Forbidden City, the epitome of Ming dynasty China with its sweeping courtyards, blood-red walls and palaces, and clusters of yellow-tiled roofs, their curly upturned eaves breaking against the blue sky like golden waves.

John O'Mahony, The Guardian, 2 February 2008. Guardian

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