paradigma paradigma
 pa-ra-dig'-ma Gk. "a showing side by side"
example, resemblance by example

An argument from example whose purpose is to exhort or dissuade.
  Bede refers to this figure, along with parabola and icon, as kinds of homoeosis.
Related Figures
Related Topics of Invention
  • Comparison
See Also
  • Deliberative oratory
  Sources: Bede 618; Peacham (1577) U2v; Putt. (1589) 252 ("paradigma," "resemblance by example"); Day 1599 100

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