Definition of exordium in English:
noun (plural exordiums or exordia /-dēə/)formal
The beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.
- 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'.
Definition of exordium in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India