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Here's an example context:

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about stores overpricing their bacon. The recent event in which the store priced bacon at $100/lb is a perfect ___ of this.

I was using the word "Example" at the blank there, but I vaguely recall there being a more suitable word. Example doesn't seem quite right, since it would technically mean an example of the discussion, right?

  • You need to include synonyms and near-synonyms of 'example / instance / occasioning // case ...', though I think the potential ambiguity persists. Note that you need a different example yourself, though, as 'example' here must refer back to the overpricing: a store overpricing bacon may be an example of bacon overpricing in general, but not of discussion. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 19 '19 at 18:39
  • A perfect example is an epitome or an embodiment. That said, the blank will continue to refer to either discussion or overpricing no matter what you put in there. To make it impossible for it to refer to discussion you will have to change the sentence. – RegDwigнt Aug 19 '19 at 18:41
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    As in the comment and answer, "case" would refer to the overpricing. To refer to the discussion, for example, the "event" would be "the hottest topic" (or however it relates to it). BTW, is the event a "perfect" case of this overpricing or the most extreme, egregious even...$100/lb vs. $5? Wow. – KannE Aug 19 '19 at 19:44
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    Yes, agree a perfect case or overpricing sounds very slightly strange. I like the 'instance' suggestion or maybe 'a perfect illustration of this'. You could add Ibf and Jelila's answer and get 'a perfect case in point' . – S Conroy Aug 19 '19 at 23:04
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Case

Case means ‘example of a situation occurring’, or ‘situation’.

Example:

  • Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about stores overpricing their bacon. The recent event in which the store priced bacon at $100/lb is a perfect case of such overpricing.
  • In the case of a fire occurring, meet at the designated area.
  • She had thought he was honest, but sadly that was not the case.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20case

Note: in the example taken from the question, I have added the word ‘overpricing’ to make it clear that the ‘case’ applies to ‘the price’ and not to ‘the discussion’. I added the word ‘such’ to denote that the overpricing was an example of overpricing of the type being discussed.

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a point TFD

The major idea or essential part of a concept or narrative: You have missed the whole point of the novel. A significant, outstanding, or effective idea, argument, or suggestion

As in your example:

The recent event in which the store priced bacon at $100/lb is a perfect point of this.

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