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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.
See also: of, virtue
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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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He demonstrates how determined past and contemporary leaders changed their wildly corrupt countries -- even the Nordics -- into paragons of virtue, and how leadership is making a significant difference in stimulating political anticorruption movements in places like India, Croatia, Botswana, and Rwanda.
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In the light of a verse from The Holy Quran he said, 'Knowledge inculcates in a person sense of responsibility and accountability.' While expressing his expectations of the graduating batch he said, 'I hope that the graduating students of this University will demonstrate this purpose of the knowledge and will emerge as torch-bearers of truth and be paragons of virtue.'
We want to be the paragons of virtue from which our children draw examples of how to behave.
He expressed hope that the graduating students of the university would demonstrate the purpose of the knowledge and would emerge as torch-bearers of truth and paragons of virtue.
However, two civic heroes were faithful in using their lifesaving skills in such a situation to become paragons of virtue.
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I've seen some quite appalling social media comments aimed at James by cowardly keyboard warriors who've never made a mistake in their lives and are true paragons of virtue - real role models.
They make the old traditional door-to-door salesmen look like paragons of virtue.
But it's time Saint Valentine got dropped from the roster of paragons of virtue.
Among the topics are secret knowledge and divine revelation in Matthew's Gospel, the five women in Matthew's genealogy as paragons of virtue, Jesus' entry into Jerusalem in Matthew 12:1-17 in light of the Hebrew Bible and the Septuagint, the use of Isaiah 5:1-7 in the Parable of the Tenants at Mark 12:1-12 and Matthew 21:33-46, and new light on the transmission and meaning of the Parable of the Guests.
After all, sportspersons are feted for their skills in their chosen field, not as paragons of virtue and good behaviour.
Dixon of Dock Green, the BBC's cosy cop show from black and white days, which portrayed the police as dedicated and selfless paragons of virtue, always ended with actor Jack Warner, as Sgt George Dixon, telling viewers: "Mind how you go," and giving a little salute to the camera.
Every political party has its problems - Labour and the Liberal Democrats are hardly paragons of virtue - but sleaze is back big time for the Tories and the buck stops at the top.