Paradigm

How is the word Paradigm pronounced?

By Mr. Joseph, Michigan, USA,(2nd Jan.2007).

The first `a' is like the `a' in `apple', `act' and `cat'. The `a' in the second syllable is pronounced like the `a' in `China', `amount', and `about'. The final `digm' rhymes with `time', `dime', and `lime'. The stress is on the first syllable.

One of the meanings of the word is `typical example of something'. This is a word used in formal contexts.

* For many the Holocaust is a paradigm of evil.

* The incident that took place yesterday is a paradigm of the destructive side of human nature.

* As far as I am concerned, she is a paradigm of all that is good in this world.

A paradigm is also a model which explains how something works or shows how something is produced.

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