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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Definitions for paragon

  1. a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence: a paragon of virtue.
  2. someone of exceptional merit: Just who is this paragon whose name is on everyone's lips?
  3. Printing. a 20-point type.

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Citations for paragon
As that paragon of fatherhood Homer Simpson once told his brood, “Remember, as far as anyone knows, we're a nice, normal family.” Andy Simmons, "People Shared Their Funniest Family Stories and It Got Heartwarming Real Fast," Reader's Digest, April 2018
He has variously been considered a military icon who won a total victory; a presidential model for overcoming his own considerable flaws and a tragic weakness for scoundrels to achieve fame and glory; a literary phenomenon who crafted the most famous deathbed writing in American letters; and a celebrity who was a paragon of humility and modesty. David W. Blight, "The Silent Type," New York Review of Books, May 24, 2018
Origin of paragon
1540-1550
The English noun paragon comes from Middle French, from Old Italian paragone “touch stone,” a derivative of the verb paragonare “to test on a touchstone or whetstone.” The Italian words perhaps derive from Greek parakonân “to sharpen, whet,” formed from the prefix and preposition para-“beside, alongside” and akonân “to sharpen, whet,” a derivative of akónē “whetstone, bone.” Paragon entered English in the mid-16th century.