in medias res

adverb
in me·​di·​as res | \ in-ˈme-dē-əs-ˈrās How to pronounce in medias res (audio) , -ˈmē-dē-əs-ˈrēz How to pronounce in medias res (audio) \

Definition of in medias res

: in or into the middle of a narrative or plot

Examples of in medias res in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, as critic Alan Sepinwall recently noted in Rolling Stone, a lot of shows have been adopting this technique lately: opening in medias res, then quickly doing a time jump to start filling in the blanks. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Made for Love’s Tech Looks Familiar," 31 Mar. 2021 The pandemic has jammed the churn of social life, pausing human interaction in medias res. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "What We’re Watching Under Quarantine," 23 Mar. 2020 The writers and director team attempted to tell the story in an interesting way, dropping us in media res into Carol’s life on Hala and keeping both her and the audience in the dark about her former life. Kendra James, Harper's BAZAAR, "Captain Marvel Can't Get By on Girl Power Alone," 9 Mar. 2019 The resulting transcripts of their conversations, usually beginning in medias res, are masterpieces of comic incoherence and pop up now and again throughout the novel. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Transcription’ Review: Heard During Wartime," 20 Sep. 2018 The effect is to give the audience a little hint of in medias res characterization, before returning to the exposition-heavy Act One. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The First Great Film Adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull," 24 Apr. 2018 Rather than start in medias res, Kenneth Womack’s biography of Martin goes, to invoke the title of one of Mr. McCartney’s later albums, back to the egg. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Big George’ and the Boys," 6 Oct. 2017 Starting in medias res in the mid-19th century, the book never addresses the question of how, say, the Puritan concept of America as the new Israel might have shaped the American Christian interest in the Ten Commandments. Ruth Graham, Slate Magazine, "Shalts and Shalt-Nots," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of in medias res

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for in medias res

Latin, literally, into the midst of things

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The first known use of in medias res was in 1786

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16 Apr 2021

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“In medias res.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20medias%20res. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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