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used in Middlemarch

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serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

For instance:

        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
  • I consider Mr. Tyke an exemplary man—none more so—and I believe him to be proposed from unimpeachable motives.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (60% in)
  • A much more exemplary character with an infusion of sour dignity would not have furthered their comprehension of the Thirty-nine Articles, and would have been less socially uniting.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (40% in)
  • ...that he would have been yet more severely dealt with if his family as well as himself had not secretly regarded him as Mr. Featherstone's heir; that old gentleman's pride in him, and apparent fondness for him, serving in the stead of more exemplary conduct—just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had stolen turnips.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (6% in)
  • Certainly, the exemplary Mrs. Garth had her droll aspects, but her character sustained her oddities, as a very fine wine sustains a flavor of skin.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (17% in)
  • Will easily felt happy when nothing crossed his humor, and by this time the thought of vexing Mr. Casaubon had become rather amusing to him, making his face break into its merry smile, pleasant to see as the breaking of sunshine on the water—though the occasion was not exemplary.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (40% in)
  • His grandfather on my side was an excellent clergyman, but his father was in the law:—most exemplary and honest nevertheless, which is a reason for our never being rich.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (5% in)
  • Exemplary wives will sometimes find scapegoats in this way.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (38% in)

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