“Paradigm (noun): An exemplary pattern or model; a list for reference of the various inflectional forms of a word; declension or conjugation. Plural: paradigms, paradigmata; adjective: paradigmatic, paradigmatical; adverb: paradigmatically.
‘The last satirical flourish, aimed at the whole mystique of corporation capitalism, is embodied in the fantastic adventures of Milo Minderbinder, the company mess officer and paradigm of good natured Jonsonian cupidity.’ Robert Brustein, The Critic as Artist”
Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.