paragon

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman paragone, peragone, Middle French paragon, from Italian paragone (comparison) or Spanish parangón, from paragonare, from Ancient Greek παρακονάω (parakonáō, I sharpen, whet), from παρά (pará) +‎ ἀκόνη (akónē, whetstone) (from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp)).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpæɹəɡən/
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paragon (plural paragons)

  1. A person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model for others. [from 16th c.]
    In the novel, Constanza is a paragon of virtue who would never compromise her reputation.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
      Man, [] the paragon of animals!
    • (Can we date this quote by Emerson and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The riches of sweet Mary's son, / Boy-rabbi, Israel's paragon.
    • 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport)[1]:
      Yes, there were instances of grandstanding and obsessive behaviour, but many were concealed at the time to help protect an aggressively peddled narrative of [Oscar] Pistorius the paragon, the emblem, the trailblazer.
  2. (obsolete) A companion; a match; an equal. [16th–19th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Philip Sidney and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Philoclea, who indeed had no paragon but her sister
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) Comparison; competition. [16th–17th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
      good by paragone / Of euill, may more notably be rad, / As white seemes fairer, macht with blacke attone [] .
  4. (typography, printing, dated) The size of type between great primer and double pica, standardized as 20-point. [from 18th c.]
  5. A flawless diamond of at least 100 carats.

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paragon (third-person singular simple present paragons, present participle paragoning, simple past and past participle paragoned)

  1. To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Philip Sidney to this entry?)
  2. To compare with; to equal; to rival.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • (Can we date this quote by Glover and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      In arms anon to paragon the morn, / The morn new rising.
  3. To serve as a model for; to surpass.
  4. To be equal; to hold comparison.

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paragon m

  1. A receipt, sales slip.

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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paragon

Etymology[edit]

Mid 16th century: from obsolete French paragon, from Italian paragone (touchstone to try good (gold) from bad), from Byzantine Greek παρακόνη (parakónē, whetstone).

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paragon m inan

  1. receipt (written acknowledgement that a specified article or sum of money has been received)

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Further reading[edit]

  • paragon in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • paragon in Polish dictionaries at PWN