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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paragon (plural paragons)

  1. A person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model for others. [from 16th c.]
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:model
    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: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii], page 262, column 2:
      What a piece of worke is man! how Noble in Reaſon? [] the beauty of the world, the Parragon of Animals;
    • 1842, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Threnody
      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”, 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.
    • 2021 May 6, Charles M. Blow, “Liz Cheney, We Have a Memory. You’re No Hero.”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Liz Cheney and her father are positioning themselves as protectors of the old order, as paragons of truth and as defenders of our American norms.
  2. (obsolete) A companion; a match; an equal. [16th–19th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) Comparison; competition. [16th–17th c.]
  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.
  2. To compare with; to equal; to rival.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • 1787, Richard Glover, The Athenaid
      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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Czech[edit]

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paragon m

  1. A receipt, sales slip.

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Further reading[edit]

  • paragon in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • paragon in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Polish[edit]

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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