exordium


ex·or·di·um

noun \eg-ˈzr-dē-əm\
plural ex·or·diums or -dia \-dē-ə\

Definition of EXORDIUM

:  a beginning or introduction especially to a discourse or composition
ex·or·di·al \-dē-əl\ adjective

Examples of EXORDIUM

  1. <in his exordium the author warns his readers that they should expect a radically different interpretation of the causes of the war>

Origin of EXORDIUM

Latin, from exordiri to begin, from ex- + ordiri to begin — more at order
First Known Use: 1577

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