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I am looking for a word to describe a person who has high achievements in a particular field. High achievements can be subjective so this word should have personal meanings. For example, I really like an artist, although he may not be the best artist in the world, I just personally like his work so much that he has the power to motivate me to study art and set up a goal for myself to become someone like him. so he is my . Any ideas?

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I believe he is your role model.

According to Wikipedia, A role model is a person who serves as an example, or whose behavior is emulated by others.

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I'm not sure there's a panacaea here for you. As you said, this is a "personal meaning" question. Here are some ideas though:

  • Inspirational: Great and able to spark greatness in others
  • Accomplished: Self-facing indication of greatness
  • Pan-talented: Really a family of words beginning with 'pan-' emphasizing greatness accross multiple fields or disciplines
  • Supernatural: Implication of other-worldy quality of talent; beyond what previously was thought to be human limits
  • Mythical: The world will forever refer to this person with regard to this field from this point forward.

Hope this helps!

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