Definition of exordium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɔːdɪəm/

noun (plural exordiums or exordia /ɪɡˈzɔːdɪə/)

The beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.
Example sentences
  • What he finally said, after a long exordium, was that at the earliest opportunity a democratic congress should determine France's political future.
  • Beginning his exordium with high-minded praise of the intellect, he declares that the contemporary world's rightful rulers are the wise and moral.
  • In one case we know that he delivered a speech from a script; otherwise only a few important passages, chiefly the exordium and peroration, were written out in extenso beforehand.



Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɔːdɪəl/


Late 16th century: from Latin, from exordiri 'begin', from ex- 'out, from' + ordiri 'begin'.

Words that rhyme with exordium

Gordium, rutherfordium

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Line breaks: ex|or¦dium

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