One fellow I know, who lost a sizable portion of his nest egg and lives off his investments, was a paragon of cheer and lightness.
While Bacall seems like a paragon of cool confidence in the final product, she was a nervous wreck on set.
Comey has legions of supporters who see him as a paragon of virtue.
1540s, from Middle French paragon "a model, pattern of excellence" (15c., Modern French parangon), from Italian paragone, originally "touchstone to test gold" (early 14c.), from paragonare "to test on a touchstone, compare," from Greek parakonan "to sharpen, whet," from para- "on the side" (see para- (1)) + akone "whetstone," from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (see acrid).
Mark Sherman. IEEE Software (Nov 1991).