exemplum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin exemplum (example).

Noun[edit]

exemplum (plural exempla)

  1. An example.
  2. A story demonstrating a moral point.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 90:
      In the Middle Ages preachers had enlivened their sermons with exempla – edifying tales of judgements upon sinners and mercies shown to the pious.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From exēmptus, perfect passive participle of eximō (take out, take away)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

exemplum n (genitive exemplī); second declension

  1. a sample
  2. an example
  3. a copy or transcript

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative exemplum exempla
genitive exemplī exemplōrum
dative exemplō exemplīs
accusative exemplum exempla
ablative exemplō exemplīs
vocative exemplum exempla

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