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Epítome. n.s. [ἐπιτομὴ.] Abridgment; abbreviature; compendious abstract; compendium.

                        This is a poor epitome of your's,
Which, by th' interpretation of full time,
May shew like all yourself.
Shakespeare's Coriolanus.

Epitomes are helpful to the memory, and of good private use; but set forth for publick monuments, accuse the industrious writers of delivering much impertinency. Wotton.

I think it would be well, if there were a short and plain epitome made, containing the chief and most material heads. Locke on Education.

Such abstracts and epitomes may be reviewed in their proper places. Watt's Improvement of the Mind.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Locke, John (269) · Watts, Isaac (116) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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