exposition

noun
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

Synonyms for exposition

Synonyms

display, exhibit, exhibition, expo, fair, show

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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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The movie’s not a success by any means: Too talky and exposition-heavy, and plot twists that seemed quixotically charming in the book seem fairly bizarre onscreen, including a feel-good family reunion that takes place in Antarctica. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When movies take a novel approach," 15 Aug. 2019 There was greater public participation in fair exhibits such as increased entries in the home arts exposition, according to Aimee O’Neill, co-chair of the fair board of directors. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "40,000 attend Harford County Farm Fair," 1 Aug. 2019 But even without the exposition, the melodies are decipherable: There is love and loss and inextinguishable longing. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019 The exposition, setting up the premise for the trip, is both lugubriously long and trivializingly brief. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Midsommar,” Reviewed: Ari Aster’s Backwards Horror Story of an American Couple in Sweden," 8 July 2019 The exposition, now in its eighth year, was expected to draw about 40,000 people to the Broadway Pier and Pavilion over the holiday weekend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eighth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge draws thousands to downtown San Diego," 1 Sep. 2019 Although in the form of fiction, this exposition of the Party served as Koestler’s anti-Communist credentials. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "The Cold War of Words," 22 Aug. 2019 And replacing Shakespearean scansion with looser Seuss-ish rhyme schemes would add to the comedy and make the long bouts of exposition at the beginning and end of the play less tedious. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: Elm Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ a joyous, joke-based stroll in the park," 19 Aug. 2019 This host was a new character, and therefore could have been a random face to help with exposition. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Rob Thomas reveals who almost appeared in that iZombie finale cameo instead," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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exposition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exposition

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

exposition

noun
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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