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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐξήγησις (exḗgēsis, interpretation), from ἐξηγέομαι (exēgéomai, I explain, interpret), from ἐξ (ex, out) + ἡγέομαι (hēgéomai, I lead, guide).



exegesis (countable and uncountable, plural exegeses)

  1. A critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text.
    • 1885, Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson (original translators and editors), Arthur Cleveland Coxe (editor of American edition), Philip Schaff (also credited as editor), Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series II
      Accordingly Athanasius complains loudly of their exegesis (Ep. Æg. 3–4, cf. Orat. i. 8, 52), and insists (id. i. 54, cf. already de Decr. 14) on the primary necessity of always conscientiously studying the circumstances of time and place, the person addressed, the subject matter, and purpose of the writer, in order not to miss the true sense.
    • 1913, Francis Aveling, Rationalism, article in Catholic Encyclopedia (1913),
      As with Deism and Materialism, the German Rationalism invaded the department of Biblical exegesis.
    • 1940, Mortimer J. Adler, Two Essays on Docility,
      Historical scholarship bears exclusively on interpretive reading; when it is properly subordinated as a means, its end is exegesis; all of its techniques are of service to the grammatical art. But exegesis is not the end; nor is grammar the highest art. Exegesis is for the sake of a fair critical judgment, grammar for the sake of logic and rhetoric.

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐξήγησις (exḗgēsis, interpretation).


exēgēsis f (genitive exēgēsis); third declension

  1. exegesis
  2. exposition


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative exēgēsis exēgēsēs
Genitive exēgēsis exēgēsium
Dative exēgēsī exēgēsibus
Accusative exēgēsem
Ablative exēgēse exēgēsibus
Vocative exēgēsis exēgēsēs