- n an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
- n model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
- The committee members did not think that Mr Kenton was a paragon of objectivity; they suspected he had his own axe to grind.
- The bureaucracy, never a paragon of efficiency, responded with surprising immediacy after the earthquake.
- Faith in the godman slipped when it was revealed by the press that he was no paragon of virtue.
- Kevin Rudd in Sydney Morning Herald
I don't think anyone in this government has ever pretended to be some sort of paragon of moral virtue, least of all, yours truly,Mr Rudd told reporters in Brisbane. "It was a long time ago ...... Wayne said what needs to be said about...
- Joe Biden in Tuscaloosa News (subscription)
When Clinton sat in my Catholic church, people didn't think he was a paragon of virtue, they thought he respected them, they thought he was comfortable with them,Biden said.
- Andrew Cuomo in New York Times
Mr. Cuomo, who has said public integrity will be his chief focus as attorney general, praised Mr. Horner as "the paragon of the principles of public integrity" and said the job, which pays $125,000 a year, would be a chance for him to "go...