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[ig-zem-pluh-fahy] /ɪgˈzɛm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), exemplified, exemplifying.
to show or illustrate by example.
to furnish or serve as an example of:
The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners.
Law. to transcribe or copy; make an attested copy of (a document) under seal.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English exemplifien < Middle French exemplifier < Medieval Latin exemplificāre to copy. See exemplum, -ify
Related forms
exemplifiable, adjective
exemplifier, noun
well-exemplified, adjective
2. typify, epitomize, depict, embody. Unabridged
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  • There he exemplified the national trend toward slow completion.
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  • Cutler exemplified that concussions need not be obvious, owing to their strictly neurological nature.
  • The enthusiasm these villagers previously expressed had become exemplified through their work.
  • Tom exemplified the highest and noblest aspirations of the legal profession.
  • Rather, it exemplified the continuity of the ballet tradition and suggested how a great artist can inspire others.
  • Steve exemplified the rare combination of high intelligence tempered by gentle humor.
  • He exemplified goodness and sweetness and will be missed by all.
  • Jacqueline's paintings exemplified the spirit of tranquility.
  • The pinnacle of loving kindness, you embraced us unfailingly and exemplified the ways of righteousness.
British Dictionary definitions for exemplified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to show by example
to serve as an example of
  1. to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal
  2. to transcribe (a legal document)
Derived Forms
exemplifiable, adjective
exemplification, noun
exemplificative, adjective
exemplifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin exemplificāre, from Latin exemplumexample + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for exemplified



early 15c., "to illustrate by examples, to instruct by (good) example," from Medieval Latin exemplificare "to illustrate," from Latin exemplum (see example). Meaning "to serve as an example" is recorded from 1793. Related: Exemplified; exemplifies; exemplifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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