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Pattern, subst. 1) a model proposed for imitation: “figures of delight, drawn after you, you p. of all those,” Sonn. 98, 12. “by the p. of mine own thoughts I cut out the purity of his,” Wint. IV, 4, 393. “their memory shall as a p. or a measure live, by which his grace must mete the lives of others,” H4B IV, 4, 76.
Hence == a precedent: “so we could find some p. of our shame,” John III, 4, 16. “a p., precedent and lively warrant for me to perform the like,” Tit. V, 3, 44.
2) something of supreme excellence, fit to serve as a model or exemplar: “beauty's p. to succeeding men,” Sonn. 19, 12. “p. in himself to know,” Meas. III, 2, 277. “he is one of the --s of love,” As IV, 1, 100. “a p. to all princes,” H8 V, 5, 23. “I will be the p. of all patience,” Lr. III, 2, 37.
3) something made after a model, an example, an instance: “this p. of the worn-out age pawned honest looks,” Lucr. 1350. “knew the --s of his foul beguiling,” Compl. 170. “a p. of celestial peace,” H6A V, 5, 65. “the --s that by God and by French fathers had twenty years been made,” H5 II, 4, 61. Emphatically, a masterpiece: “behold this p. of thy butcheries,” R3 I, 2, 54. “thou cunningest p. of excelling nature,” Oth. V, 2, 11.
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