ex·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce exposition (audio) \

Definition of exposition

1 : a setting forth of the meaning or purpose (as of a writing)
2a : discourse or an example of it designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand
b(1) : the first part of a musical composition in sonata form in which the thematic material of the movement is presented
(2) : the opening section of a fugue
3 : a public exhibition or show

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Other Words from exposition

expositional \ ˌek-​spə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce expositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of exposition in a Sentence

This is not an easy book, and the reader may find the layers of detail challenging. There are long expositions of the knotty tangles of monarchical lineage, and the necessary chronicle of historical events occasionally consumes the novel's narrative drive. — Lucy Lethbridge, Commonweal, 23 Oct. 2009 He is masterly in absorbing information and masterful in organizing it—skeptical of fashion, clear in exposition, fluent in communication, unremittingly scholarly. — Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2000 Although they were invited to use an early X ray machine on display at the exposition, they turned down the offer, and they never found the bullet. — T. Burton Smith, American Heritage, September 1992 The subject requires some exposition. a clear exposition of his ideas
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Recent Examples on the Web Many fuse the observational practices of cinéma vérité with the more active mode of interviewing; some use numinous close-ups in sequences of visual ambiguity to supplement more conventional exposition. Phoebe Chen, The New York Review of Books, "The Films of Women’s Liberation," 27 June 2020 Coronavirus Impact Continues Jefferson County, home to Louisville, has a single polling site open for early voting and on Election Day next week — an exposition center. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Georgia Aftermath, USPS Struggles, Poll Workers and More," 19 June 2020 It’s a complicated and terrific story, and Berfield tells it with an extremely skillful blend of wide-canvas exposition and small-scale personal drama. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history," 12 June 2020 As was the case in the first game, the exposition is mixed seamlessly with gameplay. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "First impressions of The Last of Us Part II make us want more," 12 June 2020 Branagh doesn’t overdo it with the exposition: Those with the barest working knowledge of fantasy will be totally fine diving in, and there’s enough action, including an all-out siege at Artemis’ swanky home Fowl Manor, to keep the plot moving. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: A movie-stealing Josh Gad elevates 'Artemis Fowl' from forgettable kid fantasy," 12 June 2020 Four years ago, Ogle and Paul Wimmer, chief cultural officer, wanted to surprise guests at a party Enseo was throwing at HITEC, the hotel industry’s largest technology exposition. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "CEO rocks it on stage: ‘Don’t listen to the naysayers who say you can’t be successful and a woman’," 7 June 2020 Edward Thomas Foulkes, who was born in Oregon in 1874 and studied at the world’s finest architectural universities, was responsible for creating stellar city landmarks, exposition pavilions, hotels, banks and grand residences over his long career. oregonlive, "Pittock Mansion architect’s Victorian home is for sale at $475,000," 8 May 2020 That’s a lot of exposition for a guy who isn’t going to live another week. David Segal, New York Times, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 Finale Recap: Close Calls," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of exposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exposition

see exposit

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The first known use of exposition was in the 14th century

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9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposition. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exposition

formal : the act of explaining something : clear explanation
: a public show or exhibition


ex·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce exposition (audio) \

Kids Definition of exposition

1 : an explanation of something
2 : a public exhibition

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