a paragon of virtue

a paragon of virtue

One who has perfect, unimpeachable moral or ethical values; one who has no faults or imperfections. Often used ironically or sarcastically. He's up there criticizing people for going against the ethos of the church, but he's hardly a paragon of virtue himself. You don't have to be a paragon of virtue, I just expect you to treat others with the kindness and respect you would want for yourself.
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a paragon of ˈvirtue

a person who is without faults; a completely perfect person: We don’t expect all election candidates to be paragons of virtue.
See also: of, virtue
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As for those like Corbyn (whom I voted for) who would bar him from our country, I suggest they read Anthony Summers's book, The Secret Life Of J Edgar Hoover, especially the 1960s/70s era and they will see that Mr Trump is a paragon of virtue compared to several of those Presidents.
I have never said I am a paragon of virtue, a model of morality.
Compared to some of the blokes she's gone for, Jason is a paragon of virtue.
And while Nigeria can hardly be considered a paragon of virtue regarding honest business practice, it is undeniable progress has been made since the blatant asset stripping and negligence of its 1990s dictatorships.
I WELL remember Dai Inker, the cat man, a paragon of virtue if ever there was one.
The woman was a model Christian and citizen--devout, law-abiding, and hard-working, a paragon of virtue.
FRENCH hard man Jean-Jacques Crenca promised referee Jonathan Kaplan he will be a paragon of virtue during tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final showdown with Ireland.
Sebastian can have any girl at school, except Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), a paragon of virtue.
It has caused raised eyebrows in the village and led to some harsh words from dad Vic (Alun Lewis), who is not exactly a paragon of virtue himself.
THE wild partying days seem but a blur for Lindsay Lohan, as she becomes a paragon of virtue.