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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 707 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EPITOME (Gr. lircroui, from isrLTEµveW, to cut short), an abridgment, abstract or summary giving the salient points of a book, law case, &c., a short and concise account of any particular subject or event. By transference epitome is also used to express the representation of a larger thing, concrete or abstract, reproduced in miniature. Thus St Mark's was called by Ruskin the " epitome of Venice," as it embraces examples of all the periods of architecture from the loth to the 19th centuries.
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