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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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And if the society had been construed as a paragon of virtue that is conflict-free and where everyone does what is right always, the need would not have arisen for the emergence of the judiciary as the final arbiter in the first place.
PRESENTER Gabby Logan hit the nail on the head when, after the USA beat the Netherlands to win the Women's World Cup Final (BBC1, Sunday), she said: "The women's game is not sanitised, it's not some kind of perfect paragon of virtue. It's real.
Judi Martin, Aberdeenshire I never embarrassed my children - I'm a paragon of virtue. Then again, if I disgraced myself, perhaps my offspring weren't present.
My mum has found it hard to cope without him and she's turned him into this paragon of virtue.
Contemporary opinions of him range from arch villain to paragon of virtue. Here are five contemporary Greek texts with annotated English translation that document his rise and fall.
It is the families' belief that our legal team have set the benchmark for others to aspire to; as they not only have represented us pro bono for nearly four years but their moral compass could be considered equivalent to any paragon of virtue alongside that of Maurice Malone, Prof Gavin Schaffer, Maureen Slattery-Marsh and Richard Sinclair.
They believe they are a paragon of virtue and the rest are anti-nationals.
She is seen as the seminal mother, the nurturing parent, the patient guardian, the paragon of virtue, the symbol of human sacrifice, suffering and love.
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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.
Such a paragon of virtue, every Geordie misses you.
Nor do I think it helpful for organisations like Help for Heroes to make out that every squaddie is a paragon of virtue.
As the progressive educator Alfie Kohn points out in his essay Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated, the child who always completes her homework the moment it's assigned looks like a paragon of virtue. But the truth may be that she "wants -- or, more accurately, needs -- to get the assignment out of the way in order to stave off anxiety".
Miller, Apollo will be a paragon of virtue," (http://www.wsj.com/articles/regulating-education-for-profit-1455668757) the Wall Street Journal wrote in an opinion piece earlier this year.
STEPHEN Care, young and trendy, seemed the paragon of virtue as he wooed his congregation from the pulpit.