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Epitomise

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To Epi'tomise. v.a. [from epitome.]

  1. To abstract; to contract into a narrow space.
    Who did the whole world's soul contract, and drove
    Into the glasses of your eyes;
    So made such mirrours and such spies,
    That they did all to you epitomise.
     
     
    Donne.

  2. Less properly, to diminish; to curtail.

    We have epitomised many particular words, to the detriment of our tongue. Addison's Spectator, № 135.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Donne, John (44) · Spectator (140)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Epitomise." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 4, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4303.


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