An idealized type or model: the beau ideal of a high-ranking army officer. (noun)
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Use "beau ideal" in a sentence
"Here is Pope Leo XIII, in his Encyclical of 1890 -- and please remember that Leo XIII was the beau ideal of our capitalist statesmen and editors, as wise and kind and gentle-souled a pope as ever roasted a heretic."
"I regard the second speech against Rullus as the ne plus ultra, the very beau ideal of a political harangue to the people on the side of order and good government."
"The Morrisons had begun speaking to me again, and were very civil in public - it was represented as being a sudden love-match, of course, between the dashing hussar and the beautiful provincial, so they had to pretend I was their beau ideal of a son-in-law."