Definition of exordium in English:


Line breaks: ex|or¦dium
Pronunciation: /ɪgˈzɔːdɪəm
, ɛg-/

noun (plural exordiums or exordia /-dɪə/)

  • The beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.
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    • 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.





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

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