paragon

Paragon applies to someone who is a model of perfection in some quality or trait. We link paragon with other words that follow it, such as "paragon of virtue" or "paragon of patience."

A paragon means someone or something that is the very best. The English noun paragon comes from the Italian word paragone, which is a touchstone, a black stone that is used to tell the quality of gold. You rub the gold on the touchstone and you can find out how good the gold is. You are hoping that it is the paragon of "goldness."

Definitions of paragon
  1. noun
    an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
    synonyms: beau ideal, idol, perfection
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    types:
    gold standard
    a paragon of excellence
    type of:
    ideal
    the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
  2. noun
    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
    synonyms: apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, saint
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    types:
    crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey
    someone excellent of their kind
    class act
    someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
    humdinger
    someone of remarkable excellence
    type of:
    model, role model
    someone worthy of imitation
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