Certainly the convent never went to sleep in a sermon which had the tale of Chauntecleer and Pertelote for its exemplum.
This story is a sort of exemplum of the sin of pride and avarice.
Transeat in exemplum—Let it stand as a precedent, or an example.
exemplum: As David of Trebizond has told me, when they wipe out the population of a city, they know there will be a few survivors.
exemplum sutorem pauperem sollicitavit ut corvum institueret ad parem salutationem.
Mr. De Morgan says "Plato," but to prevent confusion I have kept to my own exemplum.
Sub stricta instruens regula, uultu et habitu, sermone et uita, se eis in exemplum exhibuit.