prolusion


pro·lu·sion

noun \prō-ˈlü-zhən\

Definition of PROLUSION

1
:  a preliminary trial or exercise :  prelude
2
:  an introductory and often tentative discourse
pro·lu·so·ry \-ˈlü-sə-rē, -zə-; -ˈlüz-rē, -ˈlüz-\ adjective

Examples of PROLUSION

  1. <in her prolusion she sketches the religious, cultural and political milieu in which gnosticism developed>

Origin of PROLUSION

Latin prolusion-, prolusio, from proludere to play beforehand, from pro- before + ludere to play — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 1601

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