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proem

noun pro·em \ˈprō-ˌem, -əm\

Definition of PROEM

1
:  preliminary comment :  preface
2
:  prelude
pro·emi·al \prō-ˈē-mē-əl, -ˈe-\ adjective

Examples of PROEM

  1. <the proem promises what the book does not deliver: a totally new interpretation of the French Revolution>

Origin of PROEM

Middle English proheme, from Anglo-French proeme, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion, from pro- + oimē song; probably akin to Hittite išamai- song, Sanskrit syati he binds — more at sinew
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Literature Terms

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

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