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(someone or something) par excellence

The best, most ideal, or most exemplary type of person or thing. My father was always regarded as a gentleman par excellence in the community. Their newest device is a smartphone par excellence, seamlessly merging technological advances with everyday convenience.
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ˌpar ˈexcellence

(from French) (only used after the noun it describes) better than all the others of the same kind; a very good example of something: She turned out to be an organizer par excellence.
See also: excellence, par
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For that excellence alone," said Don Quixote at this, "the youth deserves to marry, not merely the fair Quiteria, but Queen Guinevere herself, were she alive now, in spite of Launcelot and all who would try to prevent it.
During the remainder of the journey the licentiate held forth to them on the excellences of the sword, with such conclusive arguments, and such figures and mathematical proofs, that all were convinced of the value of the science, and Corchuelo cured of his dogmatism.
The conditions fostering the growth of that supreme, alive excellence, as well in work as in play, ought to be preserved with a most careful regard lest the industry or the game should perish of an insidious and inward decay.
Thorpe's ideas then all reverted to the merits of his own equipage, and she was called on to admire the spirit and freedom with which his horse moved along, and the ease which his paces, as well as the excellence of the springs, gave the motion of the carriage.
remarked on the excellence of the wine, and Strickland told us where he got it.
I had already conceived of the possibility of this from Bjornson, who practises the same method, but I was still too sunken in the gross darkness of English fiction to rise to a full consciousness of its excellence.
the beauty and excellence of this incomparable adjective is unhappily
There are nearer approaches to modern metaphysics in the Philebus and in the Sophist; the Politicus or Statesman is more ideal; the form and institutions of the State are more clearly drawn out in the Laws; as works of art, the Symposium and the Protagoras are of higher excellence.
In like manner, the excellence of the mental entertainment consists less in the subject than in the author's skill in well dressing it up.
To this class, all that is AWFUL is bad, in fact it is THE evil par excellence.
I bear witness, in the most disinterested manner, to the excellence of the stratagem by which this unparalleled woman surprised the private interview between Percival and myself-- also to the marvellous accuracy of her report of the whole conversation from its beginning to its end.
We are committed to establishing the foundations of sustainable excellence and its practices by ensuring a positive work environment that contributes to improving individual and organisational efficiency.
The best customer service prizes were handed out by the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute.
They also congratulated the winners for achieving excellence in their respective fields.
21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2013 Business Excellence Awards issued a call for entries for Best Turnaround Company today, seeking to honor the "Best of the Best" in results for small-and-medium sized businesses in 2012.