exemplum

[ig-zem-pluh m]
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noun, plural ex·em·pla [ig-zem-pluh] /ɪgˈzɛm plə/.

an example or model.
an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon.

Nearby words

  1. exempli causa,
  2. exempli gratia,
  3. exemplification,
  4. exemplificative,
  5. exemplify,
  6. exempt,
  7. exempt carrier,
  8. exemption,
  9. exencephaly,
  10. exenterate

Origin of exemplum

1885–90; < Late Latin, Latin: literally, a pattern, model, copy

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exemplum

noun plural -pla (-plə)

an anecdote that supports a moral point or sustains an argument, used esp in medieval sermons
an example or illustration

Word Origin for exemplum

from Latin: example

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