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Daemon
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touchstone

(noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.

Synonyms: criterion, standard, measure

Usage: You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility.
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Touchstone as it is defined today comes from an actual stone. In the late 15th century, gold and silver was rubbed, or touched against black quartz — the touchstone — to determine the purity of the metals. This was done by looking at the color of the streaks left on the stone. This is why a touchstone, in the figurative sense as it is used today, is a measuring tool.



Use the noun touchstone to describe a basis for comparison. For example, a filmmaker's touchstone might be her all-time favorite movie; she wants her movie to be that good or similar to it in some way.


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