a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence: a paragon of virtue.
someone of exceptional merit: Just who is this paragon whose name is on everyone's lips?
Printing. a 20-point type.
an unusually large, round pearl.
Rare. to compare; parallel.
Archaic. to be a match for; rival.
Obsolete. to surpass.
Obsolete. to regard as a paragon.
- par·a·gon·less, adjective
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How to use paragon in a sentence
First by posing as the paragon of Israeli security, then by sufficiently polarizing Israeli society to sabotage coalition negotiations being undertaken by his various rivals.Israel-Palestine is a State of Permanent Conflict Punctuated by Periodic Carnage. Only the Watching World Can Stop It | Mouin Rabbani | May 13, 2021 | Time
It is going to “ruin” college sports, as if the enterprise is a paragon of purity.NCAA’s transfer changes are good for athletes and challenging for coaches. Seems fair. | Jerry Brewer | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
As with so many self-professed paragons of strategy and masculinity, the man who advertised himself routinely as “virile, vigorous and potent” was most famous for underperforming.Little Liddys everywhere: The legacy of a political ‘super-klutz’ | Dan Zak | March 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Plenty of liberal-leaning shows aren’t paragons of truth either, but they haven’t been banned.Twitter and YouTube Banned Steve Bannon. Apple Still Gives Him Millions of Listeners. | by Lydia DePillis | January 19, 2021 | ProPublica
The 151-year-old sport of college football has never been a paragon of parity, but its imbalance might be growing more imbalanced.The College Football Playoff has become an exclusive club. West Coast schools not invited. | Chuck Culpepper | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The Ralph Retort, a paragon of ethical journalism websites, decided to make crowdsourcing stuff to discredit me into a project.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up | Arthur Chu | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
paragon of virtue Oliver North called for charges to be filed against Warner Brothers Music.
While Bacall seems like a paragon of cool confidence in the final product, she was a nervous wreck on set.
The man who holds ABC/ESPN's wacky goulash of World Cup punditry together strikes viewers as a paragon of congeniality.World Cup Anchor Mike Tirico’s Bizarre History: Reports of Stalking and Sexual Harassment | Marlow Stern | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was a paragon of masculinity—a tall, dark, and impossibly handsome enigma.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back | Lizzie Crocker | April 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Presently I enquired when she proposed to introduce this paragon to the person responsible for him.
I recall the case of a gentleman whose reputation was that of a paragon of all the virtues.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
Olga, a paragon of maids, if references and experience count, showed no signs of the wear and tear of previous mistresses.The Beauty | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Alice Turner was engaged also, and certainly very much in love if she considered the young man a paragon.A Little Girl in Old Salem | Amanda Minnie Douglas
Then he thought bitterly upon that paragon of perfection who had caused his banishment.The Honorable Percival | Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for paragon
a model of excellence; pattern: a paragon of virtue
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point
to equal or surpass
to regard as a paragon
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