ex·​e·​get·​i·​cal ˌek-sə-ˈje-ti-kəl How to pronounce exegetical (audio)
variants or less commonly exegetic
: of or relating to exegesis : explanatory
an exegetical text

Examples of exegetical in a Sentence

a new edition of Shakespeare with an abundance of exegetical commentary for the modern reader
Recent Examples on the Web His book is mostly focused on this single text, moving through the poem line-by-line, a model of exegetical clarity. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Greek exēgētikos, from exēgeisthai

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exegetical was in 1607

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“Exegetical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exegetical. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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