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par·a·gon

 (păr′ə-gŏn′, -gən)
n.
1. A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example: a paragon of virtue.
2.
a. An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.
b. A very large spherical pearl.
3. Printing A type size of 20 points.
tr.v. par·a·goned, par·a·gon·ing, par·a·gons
1. To compare; parallel.
2. To equal; match.

[Obsolete French, from Old French, from Old Italian paragone, from paragonare, to test on a touchstone, perhaps from Greek parakonān, to sharpen : para-, alongside; see para-1 + akonē, whetstone; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

paragon

(ˈpærəɡən)
n
1. a model of excellence; pattern: a paragon of virtue.
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 20 point
vb (tr)
archaic
a. to equal or surpass
b. to compare
c. to regard as a paragon
[C16: via French from Old Italian paragone comparison, from Medieval Greek parakonē whetstone, from Greek parakonan to sharpen against, from para-1 + akonan to sharpen, from akonē whetstone]

par•a•gon

(ˈpær əˌgɒn, -gən)

n.
1. a model or pattern of excellence.
v.t.
2. to compare; parallel.
3. to match; rival.
4. Obs. to surpass.
[1540–50; < Middle French < early Italian paragone comparison, touchstone < Medieval Greek parakónē whetstone, derivative of Greek parakonân to sharpen, whet = par- par- + akonân to sharpen, derivative of akónē whetstone]

paragon


Past participle: paragoned
Gerund: paragoning

Imperative
paragon
paragon
Present
I paragon
you paragon
he/she/it paragons
we paragon
you paragon
they paragon
Preterite
I paragoned
you paragoned
he/she/it paragoned
we paragoned
you paragoned
they paragoned
Present Continuous
I am paragoning
you are paragoning
he/she/it is paragoning
we are paragoning
you are paragoning
they are paragoning
Present Perfect
I have paragoned
you have paragoned
he/she/it has paragoned
we have paragoned
you have paragoned
they have paragoned
Past Continuous
I was paragoning
you were paragoning
he/she/it was paragoning
we were paragoning
you were paragoning
they were paragoning
Past Perfect
I had paragoned
you had paragoned
he/she/it had paragoned
we had paragoned
you had paragoned
they had paragoned
Future
I will paragon
you will paragon
he/she/it will paragon
we will paragon
you will paragon
they will paragon
Future Perfect
I will have paragoned
you will have paragoned
he/she/it will have paragoned
we will have paragoned
you will have paragoned
they will have paragoned
Future Continuous
I will be paragoning
you will be paragoning
he/she/it will be paragoning
we will be paragoning
you will be paragoning
they will be paragoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been paragoning
you have been paragoning
he/she/it has been paragoning
we have been paragoning
you have been paragoning
they have been paragoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been paragoning
you will have been paragoning
he/she/it will have been paragoning
we will have been paragoning
you will have been paragoning
they will have been paragoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been paragoning
you had been paragoning
he/she/it had been paragoning
we had been paragoning
you had been paragoning
they had been paragoning
Conditional
I would paragon
you would paragon
he/she/it would paragon
we would paragon
you would paragon
they would paragon
Past Conditional
I would have paragoned
you would have paragoned
he/she/it would have paragoned
we would have paragoned
you would have paragoned
they would have paragoned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paragon - an ideal instanceparagon - an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
gold standard - a paragon of excellence; "academic education is the gold standard against which other educational activity is pejoratively judged"
2.paragon - model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey - someone excellent of their kind; "he's a jimdandy of a soldier"
role model, model - someone worthy of imitation; "every child needs a role model"
class act - someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
humdinger - someone of remarkable excellence; "a humdinger of a secretary"

paragon

noun model, standard, pattern, ideal, criterion, norm, jewel, masterpiece, prototype, paradigm, archetype, epitome, exemplar, apotheosis, quintessence, nonesuch (archaic), nonpareil, best or greatest thing since sliced bread (informal), cynosure She was a paragon of neatness and efficiency. He was not a paragon. He could never be perfect.

paragon

noun
A person or thing so excellent as to have no equal or match:
Translations
مَثَل أعْلى، قُدْوَه
vzor
forbillede
esikuvaperikuva
fyrirmynd
paraugs, etalons
örnek kimse

paragon

[ˈpærəgən] Nmodelo m, dechado m
a paragon of virtueun dechado de virtudes

paragon

[ˈpærəgən] nparangon m
a paragon of virtue → un parangon de vertu

paragon

nMuster nt; a paragon of virtueein Muster ntan Tugendhaftigkeit, ein Ausbund man Tugend (hum)

paragon

[ˈpærəgən] n paragon of virtuemodello di virtù

paragon

(ˈpӕrəgən) , ((American) -gon) noun
a perfect example of a good quality etc. She is a paragon of virtue.
References in classic literature ?
Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher, and no paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point - one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed - they contrived in the end to reach it.
Zurich was congratulated on the possession of a Paragon of public virtue; and William Tell, in the character of benefactor to Switzerland, was compared disadvantageously with Mrs.
Other generalisations proving equally unprofitable, I began scientifically to consider in detail the attributes of the supposititious paragon,--attributes of body and mind and heart.
The truth about the American telephone girl is that she has become so highly efficient that we now expect her to be a paragon of perfection.
You quite excite my curiosity to know who this paragon can be," said the mother, looking at her husband, who returned the glance with one of equal solicitude.
I have never met that sort of paragon myself, but I have seen these paragons advertised amongst ships for sale.
Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, every one has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues - and what is the result?
I fill'd this cup to one made up Of loveliness alone, A woman, of her gentle sex The seeming paragon -- Her health
Janet would make a paragon of a wife -- cheery, economical, tolerant, and a very queen of cooks.
This paragon was hers, and it bore the cherished name.
And now the threads of my recital draw together in the paragon of female exquisiteness--my Princess.
I saw that paragon of manly perfections in London: he seemed scarcely to merit the eulogiums of his mother and sister, though he certainly appeared more conversable and agreeable than Lord Lowborough, more candid and high-minded than Mr.