prolusion

noun
pro·​lu·​sion | \ prō-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce prolusion (audio) \

Definition of prolusion

1 : a preliminary trial or exercise : prelude
2 : an introductory and often tentative discourse

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prolusory \ prō-​ˈlü-​sə-​rē How to pronounce prolusory (audio) , -​zə-​ ; -​ˈlüz-​rē , -​ˈlüz-​ \ adjective

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in her prolusion she sketches the religious, cultural and political milieu in which gnosticism developed

First Known Use of prolusion

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prolusion

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

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The first known use of prolusion was in 1601

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“Prolusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolusion. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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