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exemplum

[ig-zem-pluh m] /ɪgˈzɛm pləm/
noun, plural exempla
[ig-zem-pluh] /ɪgˈzɛm plə/ (Show IPA)
1.
an example or model.
2.
an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon.
Origin of exemplum
1885-1890
1885-90; < Late Latin, Latin: literally, a pattern, model, copy
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exemplum

/ɪɡˈzɛmpləm/
noun (pl) -pla (-plə)
1.
an anecdote that supports a moral point or sustains an argument, used esp in medieval sermons
2.
an example or illustration
Word Origin
from Latin: example
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