Definition of prolegomenon in English:


Syllabification: pro·le·gom·e·non
Pronunciation: /ˌprōləˈgäməˌnän, -nən

noun (plural prolegomena /-nə/)

  • A critical or discursive introduction to a book.
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    • After some elaborate prolegomena, the book follows a calendrical sequence, each poem dated and grouped by month so that the events of a hundred years follow a seasonal ebb and flow, not chronology.
    • We have been attending to ‘exists’ and ‘is’ not for their own sake but purely as a prolegomenon to an ontological question, namely, that of existence.
    • This first chapter is a necessary prolegomenon, but for the casual reader or one unfamiliar with the issues, it would prove hard going.





mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek, passive present participle (neuter) of prolegein 'say beforehand', from pro 'before' + legein 'say'.

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