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See also: EXORD
exord (plural exords)
- (literature) A preface or prefatory passage
1830, “Ferrario -- On Chivalry and Romance and Italian Romantic Poetry”, in Foreign Quarterly Review, volume VI, number XIII, page 387:
- One peculiarity of Bello is his having first broken through the custom of religious invocations at the heads of his cantos, in place of which he substituted poetical exords, or reflections on the events of his narrative, or on circumstances connected with them.