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Then who says Miss Clarissa Harlowe is the paragon of virtue?

By Heracles, I said, there never was such a paragon, if he has only one other slight addition.

I can afford to marry, without believing my husband to be a paragon—could you do as much?'

According to him, she was a paragon of beauty and accomplishments.

They will no longer be limited by the defects of their paragon in their efforts to make the most of life.

The wickedness of London appals me; and yet I am no paragon.

You will do me a great favor to introduce your humble servant to this paragon of excellence.

"The assembly rooms were quite close to the Paragon," he said.

Mrs Stumfold's drawing-rooms were not dingy, nor were her own rooms in the Paragon.

I'm not a paragon of virtue, but this ship is a bit too rocky for me.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Middle French paragon "a model, pattern of excellence" (15c., Modern French parangon), from Italian paragone, originally "touchstone to test gold" (early 14c.), from paragonare "to test on a touchstone, compare," from Greek parakonan "to sharpen, whet," from para- "on the side" (see para- (1)) + akone "whetstone," from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (see acrid).

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