paragon

[par-uh-gon, -guhn]
noun
1.
a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence: a paragon of virtue. ideal, standard, epitome, quintessence; example, exemplar, paradigm.
2.
someone of exceptional merit: Just who is this paragon whose name is on everyone's lips? nonesuch, nonpareil.
3.
Printing. a 20-point type.
4.
an unusually large, round pearl.
verb (used with object)
5.
Rare. to compare; parallel.
6.
Archaic. to be a match for; rival.
7.
Obsolete. to surpass.
8.
Obsolete. to regard as a paragon.

Origin:
1540–50; < Middle French < Old Italian paragone comparison, perhaps < Greek parágōn, present participle of parágein ‘to bring side by side’

paragonless, adjective
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paragon (ˈpærəɡən)
 
n
1.  a model of excellence; pattern: a paragon of virtue
2.  a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point
 
vb
3.  archaic
 a.  to equal or surpass
 b.  to compare
 c.  to regard as a paragon
 
[C16: via French from Old Italian paragone comparison, from Medieval Greek parakonē whetstone, from Greek parakonan to sharpen against, from para-1 + akonan to sharpen, from akonē whetstone]

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paragon
1548, from M.Fr. paragon "a model, pattern of excellence" (15c.), from It. paragone, originally "touchstone to test gold" (c.1324), from paragonare "to test on a touchstone, compare," from Gk. parakonan "to sharpen, whet," from para- "on the side" + akone "whetstone," from PIE base *ak- "be pointed."
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Paragon definition


Mark Sherman. IEEE Software (Nov 1991).

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Example sentences
Such a paragon never wears jeans, or drinks alcohol, or smokes.
It's a paragon of accessible legal writing.
One of the best albums of the year so far was made by this paragon of power
  trios.
How privileged I was to have been introduced to book publishing by a paragon of
  kindness, honesty and true literary acumen.
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