V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. model of excellence; 2. best example of something; (v.) to compare or match up

Synonyms: (n.) model, exemplar, example, monument, archetype, ideal, masterpiece, paradigm, perfection, (v.) compare, match, equate


Tips: Paragon is derived from the Italian paragone, which was a touchstone for testing gold. The idea is that of comparison. One often hears phrases such as "paragon of virtue," denoting a person who has no equal in terms of a particular characteristic. Use paragon as a more sophisticated way of referring to an ideal model or example of excellence.

Usage Examples:

The client loved the concept for the commercial and called it a paragon of great advertising. (example, paradigm)

Ideally, a hero would be a paragon of courage and virtue. (exemplar, model)

The building is a paragon of architecture; it is a true masterpiece. (ideal, masterpiece, paradigm)

Many economists point to Hong Kong as a paragon of capitalism in Asia. (archetype, ideal)

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