prolusion

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noun pro·lu·sion \prō-ˈlü-zhən\

Definition of prolusion

  1. 1 :  a preliminary trial or exercise :  prelude

  2. 2 :  an introductory and often tentative discourse

prolusory

play \-ˈlü-sə-rē, -zə-; -ˈlüz-rē, -ˈlüz-\ adjective

Examples of prolusion in a sentence

  1. <in her prolusion she sketches the religious, cultural and political milieu in which gnosticism developed>

Origin and Etymology of prolusion

Latin prolusion-, prolusio, from proludere to play beforehand, from pro- before + ludere to play — more at ludicrous


First Known Use: 1601


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