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ex·em·plum

 (ĭg-zĕm′pləm)
n. pl. ex·em·pla (-plə)
1. An example.
2. A brief story used to make a point in an argument or to illustrate a moral truth.

[Latin; see example.]

exemplum

(ɪɡˈzɛmpləm)
n, pl -pla (-plə)
1. (Rhetoric) an anecdote that supports a moral point or sustains an argument, used esp in medieval sermons
2. an example or illustration
[from Latin: example]

ex•em•plum

(ɪgˈzɛm pləm)

n., pl. -pla (-plə).
1. an example or model.
2. an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon.
[1885–90; < Latin; see example]
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