- a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality.
“It would have taken a paragon of douchebaggery to push the elderly nun down that back stairway, which is, unfortunately for Sister Antoinette, exactly what Father Sullivan was.”
- a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence.
“‘Your cook is a paragon,’ said the cartel leader of his friend’s newest batch of meth.”
- a perfect diamond of 100 carats or more. “‘You can like and want to put a ring on it all you want, but I ain’t saying yes unless I get a paragon, you rich mothafucka,’ the chanteuse was heard to whisper.”
- awkward, embarrassing, or unsophisticated ways.
“He had hoped that she had long since gotten over various gaucheries such as smelling her Q-tips after cleaning her ears and picking at her toenails during therapy. He was, once again, disappointed.”