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exegesis

exegesis

noun ex·e·ge·sis \ˌek-sə-ˈjē-səs, ˈek-sə-ˌ\
plural ex·e·ge·ses\-ˈjē-(ˌ)sēz\

Definition of EXEGESIS

:  exposition, explanation; especially :  an explanation or critical interpretation of a text

Examples of EXEGESIS

  1. <a psychobiography that purports to be the definitive exegesis of the late president's character>

Origin of EXEGESIS

New Latin, from Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai to explain, interpret, from ex- + hēgeisthai to lead — more at seek
First Known Use: 1619

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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