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: preliminary comment : preface
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exordium, foreword, intro, introduction, preamble, preface, prelude, prologue (also prolog), prolusion
epilogue (also epilog)
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English proheme, from Anglo-French proeme, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion, from pro- + oimē song; probably akin to Hittite išamai- song, Sanskrit syati he binds — more at sinew
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