exordium

noun
ex·​or·​di·​um | \eg-ˈzȯr-dē-əm \
plural exordiums or exordia\eg-​ˈzȯr-​dē-​ə \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for exordium

Synonyms

foreword, intro, introduction, preamble, preface, prelude, proem, prologue (also prolog), prolusion

Antonyms

epilogue (also epilog)

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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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