exemplum

[ ig-zem-pluh m ]
/ ɪgˈzɛm pləm /
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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.

Origin of exemplum

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

/ (ɪɡˈzɛmpləm) /

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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