Vocabulary #2 Presentation

Maddie Ellis

Jane was regarded as the _________ of grace with her pristine manners and sophisticated means of carrying herself.

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paragon

n. a model of excellence or perfection

Synonyms

exemplar, ideal, essence

Antonyms

imperfect, opposite, flaw

Roots

G. para- beside

Paragon vs. Epitome vs. Paradigm

  • epitome refers to a general example, not necessarily good or bad
  • a paradigm refers to a pattern or form of a process or concept so it usually refers to a model of an action, such as automobile assembly or how to work a math problem
  • paragon is usually a person and is recognized for an outstanding achievement or personal quality

In which sentence is the word paragon used incorrectly?

a. The pastor was thought of as the paragon of oratory by members of his congregation, as each week they would leave the service moved by the power of his words.
b. Jessie was considered the paragon of working hard, as he constantly blew off his homework to play video games or watch Netflix.
c. Pride and Prejudice is constantly regarded as the paragon of Jane Austen's works due to its themes of love and propriety in early England.
d. Hawthorne describes Hester as the paragon of rebellion and non-comformity, as she constantly stands out among the rest of the Puritan community and holds ideas that do not match the societal standard.

Who can best be described as the paragon of responsibility?

a. Pete, who always misses deadlines and turns in assignments late.
b. Paige, who plays lacrosse.
c. Rory, who works hard, is never late for class, and stays on top of her homework.
d. Buddy, my dog.