explication de texte


ex·​pli·​ca·​tion de texte ek-splē-kä-syōⁿ-də-ˈtekst How to pronounce explication de texte (audio)
plural explications de texte ek-splē-kä-syōⁿ-də-ˈtekst How to pronounce explication de texte (audio)
: a method of literary criticism involving a detailed analysis of a work

Examples of explication de texte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And now to Gramm’s explication de texte: There is no better illustration of how wealth accumulation benefits society than the most famous and infamous wealth hoarder of Victorian literature, Ebenezer Scrooge…. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from French, literally, "explanation of text"

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of explication de texte was in 1935

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“Explication de texte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explication%20de%20texte. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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