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[ig-zem-pluh m]
noun, plural ex·em·pla [ig-zem-pluh] /ɪgˈzɛm plə/.
  1. an example or model.
  2. an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon.
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Origin of exemplum

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

noun plural -pla (-plə)
  1. an anecdote that supports a moral point or sustains an argument, used esp in medieval sermons
  2. an example or illustration
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Word Origin for exemplum

from Latin: example
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