- plural of exemplum.
- an example or model.
- an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon.
Origin of exemplum
1885–90; < Late Latin, Latin: literally, a pattern, model, copy
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Examples from the Web for exempla
Exempla, in at least five Books, treating of the history of Roman manners.The Student's Companion to Latin Authors
Exempla duo, quæ pravitatis humanæ vim animo meo luculenter exhibent, non proferre non possum.
The Exempla, in five books, was a history of Roman manners and customs.A History of Roman Literature
Harold North Fowler
Caesarius narrates a great many other exempla concerning nuns, but I have quoted the most characteristic.Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535
Eileen Edna Power
Quare visum illis hoc ad tempus subticeri posse, cum alia Exempla resuscitatorum suppeterent.Six Discourses on the Miracles of our Saviour
- an anecdote that supports a moral point or sustains an argument, used esp in medieval sermons
- an example or illustration
from Latin: example
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