An exemplification is an illustration or classic example of something. Breaking into loud, operatic singing at the breakfast table might be the perfect exemplification of your family's strange sense of humor.

The grace and beauty of a ballerina dancing on a stage is an exemplification of the principles of ballet itself — in other words, she is a living example of what ballet should be. When you illustrate something this way, by showing a concrete example, you exemplify. And the act of using that example is exemplification. The Latin source of both words is exemplum, "example or model."

Definitions of exemplification

n showing by example

Type of:
demo, demonstration
a visual presentation showing how something works

n a representational or typifying form or model

a typical example of some state or quality
Type of:
representational process
any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else

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