1577, in the meaning defined above
Latin, from exordiri to begin, from ex- + ordiri to begin — more at order
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“Exordium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exordium. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.
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