eis·​ege·​sis ˌī-sə-ˈjē-səs How to pronounce eisegesis (audio)
plural eisegeses ˌī-sə-ˈjē-ˌsēz How to pronounce eisegesis (audio)
: the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one's own ideas compare exegesis

Word History


Greek eis into (akin to Greek en in) + English exegesis — more at in

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eisegesis was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Eisegesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eisegesis. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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