exempla

exempla

[ig-zem-pluh]
noun
plural of exemplum.
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exemplum

[ig-zem-pluhm]
noun, plural exempla [ig-zem-pluh] .
1.
an example or model.
2.
an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon.

Origin:
1885–90; < Late Latin, Latin: literally, a pattern, model, copy

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exemplum (ɪɡˈzɛmpləm)
 
n , pl -pla
1.  an anecdote that supports a moral point or sustains an argument, used esp in medieval sermons
2.  an example or illustration
 
[from Latin: example]

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