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exordium

Syllabification: ex·or·di·um
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzôrdēəm, ikˈsôr-
 
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Definition of exordium in English:

noun (plural exordiums or exordia /-dēə/)

formal
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

exordial

1
adjective

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