exordium

noun
ex·​or·​di·​um | \ eg-ˈzȯr-dē-əm How to pronounce exordium (audio) \
plural exordiums or exordia\ eg-​ˈzȯr-​dē-​ə How to pronounce exordia (audio) \

Definition of exordium

: a beginning or introduction especially to a discourse or composition

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Other Words from exordium

exordial \ eg-​ˈzȯr-​dē-​əl How to pronounce exordial (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of exordium in a Sentence

in his exordium the author warns his readers that they should expect a radically different interpretation of the causes of the war

First Known Use of exordium

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exordium

Latin, from exordiri to begin, from ex- + ordiri to begin — more at order

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The first known use of exordium was in 1577

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“Exordium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exordium. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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