Synonyms of exemplar

1 one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like
  • the village's Congregational church could serve as an exemplar of the white clapboard church with a steeple that is a fixture in old New England towns

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2 someone of such unequaled perfection as to deserve imitation
  • few of history's heroes were quite the exemplars that generations of schoolteachers made them out to be

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3 the most perfect type or example
  • the paintings of the French painter Claude Monet are often regarded as exemplars of Impressionism

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How does the noun exemplar differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of exemplar are example, ideal, model, and pattern. While all these words mean "someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation," exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification.

cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage

Where would example be a reasonable alternative to exemplar?

While the synonyms example and exemplar are close in meaning, example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning.

children tend to follow the example of their parents

When is ideal a more appropriate choice than exemplar?

Although the words ideal and exemplar have much in common, ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception.

never found a job that matched his ideal

When would model be a good substitute for exemplar?

The synonyms model and exemplar are sometimes interchangeable, but model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation.

a decor that is a model of good taste

When is it sensible to use pattern instead of exemplar?

The words pattern and exemplar can be used in similar contexts, but pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype.

American industry set a pattern for others to follow

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The first known use of exemplar was in the 14th century

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“Exemplar.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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