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 One tempting approach to this challenge is to begin in medias res, by a campfire at some picturesque or desolate location, and introduce us to the Researcher. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2023 The first episode’s in medias res opening does, however, reveal that there will be another shocking death by the finale’s end, a fact the show consistently underlines with ominous lines like Tanya’s idle suicidal musings and Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s unnerving score. Caroline Framke, Variety, 24 Oct. 2022 My colleague Dan Fienberg recently penned a screed against the overuse of in medias res openings; zigzagging through Kaleidoscope essentially turns it into one in medias res opening after another, without the level of shock necessary to render any of them worthwhile. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Jan. 2023 The finale picks up in medias res. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 23 Dec. 2020 The biographical sections of the book, told in fragments and episodes, begin, as Mansfield’s stories do, in medias res. Frances Wilson, The New York Review of Books, 2 Feb. 2023 Then there was the middle-aged director who liked to appear in medias res in all his movies. Hazlitt, 28 Apr. 2022 In reality, BookTok discovered him in medias res — in the middle of his journey. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2022 The chronologically slip-sliding story begins in medias res, and joltingly so, as an attractive middle-aged woman seduces an older man in a heaving Dakar bar. Guy Lodge, Variety, 26 Oct. 2022

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Word History


Latin, literally, into the midst of things

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in medias res was in 1786

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“In medias res.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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