noun (plural exempla /ɪɡˈzɛmplə/ /ɛɡˈzɛmplə/)
An example or model, especially a story told to illustrate a moral point.
- In keeping with his preface to the story, Dioneo's summing up seems deliberately to discourage any reading of the story as an exemplum, much less as a model for relationships between men and women.
- The odor of public corruption that surrounded the Gasthuis land affair lent it particular force as a moral exemplum.
- Kent examines popular works read by Florentines of all social levels, including vernacular scrapbooks and miscellanies, poetry, devotional manuals and moral exempla, civic traditions, histories, and ethnographies.
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