exemplum

noun
ex·​em·​plum | \ig-ˈzem-pləm, eg-\
plural exempla\ig-​ˈzem-​plə, eg-​ \

Definition of exemplum 

1 : example, model an exemplum of heroism

2 : an anecdote or short narrative used to point a moral or sustain an argument

First Known Use of exemplum

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exemplum

Latin

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