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Tuesday, October 17, 2006


\ig-ZEM-plar; -pluhr\ , noun;
A model or pattern to be copied or imitated.
A typical or standard specimen.
An ideal model or type.
A copy of a book or text.
What charmed me was the idea of a boy too young to understand the lecture but not too young to recognize the eminent man on the platform as his model, the exemplar of what would become his own life work.
-- William Zinsser, "A Travel Nut's Library", New York Times, August 26, 1990
It was this cathedral that Monet famously painted in different weathers, and that was William Morris's favorite exemplar of French Gothic; for its sake he visited "Rouen, glorious Rouen" twice.
-- Peter Gay, Pleasure Wars
Our need, he declared in his 1981 inaugural address, was "to renew ourselves here in our own land" so that we would again "be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom."
-- Frances Fitzgerald, Way Out There in the Blue
To suggest that this exemplar of financial probity was enriching himself at public expense was to shake the very foundations of the new Republic.
-- William Safire, Scandalmonger
Exemplar derives from Latin exemplum, "example," from eximere, "to take out," from ex-, "out" + emere, "to take."
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