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She is an excellent exemplar of the modern woman.
  an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Strongly Associated with:   exemplary, exemplify
Notes:
This is the noun form of exemplary, but while exemplary is typically used to point to something that should be copied and occasionally something that should be avoided, exemplar is almost always used to indicate that something embodies perfection.
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  • She is an excellent exemplar of the modern woman.
  • She is an exemplar of hard work and average luck making The American Dream come true.
  • She is an exemplar of a generation that gets its news from tweets because articles are too long.
    Joe Klein  --  Time Inc., 3/31/03  --  http://www.time.com/time/columnist/klein/article/0,9565,439128,00.html(retrieved 07/05/10)
  • Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action...
    Henry Miller

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  • "It’s embarrassing that piddly little projects like ours should serve as exemplars," Farmer told me.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But much as he wished to be an exemplar in these things he could not get on.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The man shoved Hatter, who stood his ground, an exemplar of restraint.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • I no longer cared to be an exemplar of womanhood in the county.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • after having been pointed out for so many years as the perfect exemplar of thriving bachelorship
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He designed to give them a word of counsel, setting before them as exemplars in the religious life those very worshippers of...
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • What future careers had been possible for Bloom in the past and with what exemplars?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • an unmatched exemplar which he would contemplate at one moment with the humble, spiritual, disinterested mind of an artist, at another with the pride, the selfishness, the sensual thrill of a collector.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • it was not in itself a jewel of benevolence or wisdom, yet he made it an exemplar of both that one would have liked to have a copy of.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Keenly aware of his role as the exemplar of the self-made man, he played the part with an intense and poignant consistency that give his performance the quality of a high art.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Yet he—a relisher of life, a seeker after experience—had been my exemplar; and it was to his town that I drove.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The odd fair Saxon here and there . ah, Laoghaire, the perfect exemplar.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The city is now an exemplar of low-density sprawl.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • This was more than any of his predecessors had accomplished, but he fretted nervously over his accounts until he found that he had become, for the circulation manager, the exemplar for indolent boys.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He considered that he might so mark out his coming years as to begin his ministry at the age of thirty—an age which much attracted him as being that of his exemplar when he first began to teach in Galilee.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • In the church, Roman, Anglican or Nonconformist: exemplars, the very reverend John Conmee S. J., the reverend T. Salmon, D. D., provost of Trinity college, Dr Alexander J. Dowie.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At the bar, English or Irish: exemplars, Seymour Bushe, K. C., Rufus Isaacs, K. C. On the stage modern or Shakespearean: exemplars, Charles Wyndham, high comedian Osmond Tearle (died 1901), exponent of Shakespeare.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At the bar, English or Irish: exemplars, Seymour Bushe, K. C., Rufus Isaacs, K. C. On the stage modern or Shakespearean: exemplars, Charles Wyndham, high comedian Osmond Tearle (died 1901), exponent of Shakespeare.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And so far as your stupidity is concerned, you are but the exemplar of your class.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • it was not in itself a jewel of benevolence or wisdom, yet he made it an exemplar of both that one would have liked to have a copy of.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
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Associated words [difficulty]:   exemplar [8] , exemplary [3] , exemplify [5]
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