exemplify


exemplify
exemplify, illustrate are comparable when they mean to use in speaking or writing concrete instances or cases to make clear something which is difficult, abstract, general, or remote from experience or to serve as an instance, case, or demonstration of a point or matter under examination.
Exemplify implies the use of examples for clarification of a general or abstract statement or as aid in revealing the truth of a proposition or assertion
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a good preacher usually exemplifies each point that he seeks to impress upon his congregation

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the notes of Coleridge exemplify Coleridge's fragmentary and fine perceptions— T. S. Eliot

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each, in his way, exemplifies the peril that besets a highly gifted poetic nature— Lowes

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Illustrate implies the use not only of concrete examples but also sometimes of pictures or sketches and the intent not only to clarify but to make vivid or real what is being explained or to drive home most effectively a point that is being made
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the textbook is adequately illustrated with photographs and diagrams

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I will illustrate the word a little further— J. R. Lowell

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the assertion . . . leans for support . . . upon the truth conveyed in those words of Cicero, and wonderfully illustrates and confirms them— Arnold

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the world was no more made to serve us by illustrating our philosophy than we were made to serve the world by licking its boots— Santayana

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  • Exemplify — Ex*em pli*fyv. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exemplified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exemplifying}.] [L. exemplum example + fy: cf. LL. exemplificare to copy, serve as an example.] 1. To show or illustrate by example. [1913 Webster] He did but . . . exemplify the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exemplify — I verb act the part of, actualize, be taken for, be the equivalent of, betoken, cite, connote, convey an impression, delineate, demonstrate, denote, depict, display, elucidate, embody, enucleate, evidence, evince, exhibit, explicate, express,… …   Law dictionary

  • exemplify — early 15c., to illustrate by examples, to instruct by (good) example, from M.L. exemplificare to illustrate, from L. exemplum (see EXAMPLE (Cf. example)). Meaning to serve as an example is recorded from 1793. Related: Exemplified; exemplifies;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • exemplify — [v] serve as an example body, cite, clarify, clear up, demonstrate, depict, display, elucidate, emblematize, embody, enlighten, epitomize, evidence, exhibit, illuminate, illustrate, instance, manifest, mirror, personify, quote, represent, show,… …   New thesaurus

  • exemplify — ► VERB (exemplifies, exemplified) ▪ be or give a typical example of. DERIVATIVES exemplification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • exemplify — [eg zem′plə fī΄, igzem′plə fī΄] vt. exemplified, exemplifying [ME exemplifien < OFr exemplifier < ML exemplificare < L exemplum, an example + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to show by example; serve as an example of 2. to make a legally… …   English World dictionary

  • exemplify — UK [ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪ] / US [ɪɡˈzemplɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms exemplify : present tense I/you/we/they exemplify he/she/it exemplifies present participle exemplifying past tense exemplified past participle exemplified a) to be a typical… …   English dictionary

  • exemplify — exemplifiable, adj. exemplifier, n. /ig zem pleuh fuy /, v.t., exemplified, exemplifying. 1. to show or illustrate by example. 2. to furnish or serve as an example of: The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners. 3. Law. to transcribe or… …   Universalium

  • exemplify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. typify; illustrate, explain, quote. See conformity. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. illustrate, typify, embody, epitomize; see explain , represent 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.… …   English dictionary for students

  • exemplify — ex|em|pli|fy [ ıg zemplı,faı ] verb transitive to be a typical example of something: The bank s collapse exemplifies the risks of large scale currency dealing. a. to show something using an example: I will exemplify my point with a true story… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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