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paragon (n.)

"a model or pattern of special excellence or perfection; a person of supreme merit or excellence," 1540s, from French paragon "a model, pattern of excellence" (15c., Modern French parangon), from Italian paragone, originally "touchstone to test gold" (early 14c.), from paragonare "to test on a touchstone, compare," from Greek parakonan "to sharpen, whet," from para- "on the side" (see para- (1)) + akonē "whetstone" (from PIE root *ak- "be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce").

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Definitions of paragon from WordNet

paragon (n.)
an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept;
Synonyms: idol / perfection / beau ideal
paragon (n.)
model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal;
From wordnet.princeton.edu