exegesis

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noun ex·e·ge·sis \ˌek-sə-ˈjē-səs, ˈek-sə-ˌjē-\

Definition of exegesis

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exegeses

play \ˌek-sə-ˈjē-(ˌ)sēz, ˈek-sə-ˌjē-\
  1. :  exposition, explanation; especially :  an explanation or critical interpretation of a text

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Examples of exegesis in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

Theological scholars have long been preoccupied with interpreting the meanings of various passages in the Bible. In fact, because of the sacred status of the Bible in both Judaism and Christianity, biblical interpretation has played a crucial role in both of those religions throughout their histories. English speakers have used the word exegesis - a descendant of the Greek term exegeisthai, meaning "to explain" or "to interpret" - to refer to explanations of Scripture since the early 17th century. Nowadays, however, academic writers interpret all sorts of texts, and "exegesis" is no longer associated mainly with the Bible.

Origin and Etymology of exegesis

New Latin, from Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai to explain, interpret, from ex- + hēgeisthai to lead — more at seek


First Known Use: 1619



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