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to compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with
A flawless diamond of at least 100 carats
to serve as a model for; to surpass
A person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model of some given (especially positive) quality

In the novel, Constanza is a paragon of virtue who would never compromise her reputation.

to compare with; to equal; to rival
to be equal; to hold comparison
A companion; a match; an equal
Comparison; competition

good by paragone / Of euill, may more notably be rad, / As white seemes fairer, macht with blacke attone .

A size of type between great primer and double pica
a model of excellence
{n} a model
{v} to compare, to equal
model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
Emulation; rivalry; competition
A model or pattern; a pattern of excellence or perfection; as, a paragon of beauty or eloquence
See the Note under Type
{i} model, ideal; perfect person; acme of perfection
an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
If you refer to someone as a paragon, you mean that they are perfect or have a lot of a good quality. We don't expect candidates to be paragons of virtue. someone who is perfect or is extremely brave, good etc - often used humorously paragon of (Early , from paragone , from paragonare , from parakonan )
paragon of beauty
flawless beauty, model of perfect beauty
paragon of virtue
perfect example of moral excellence
plural of paragon