exordium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin exordium (beginning, commencement), from exōrdior (I begin, commence), from ex (out of, from) + ōrdior (I begin).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

exordium (plural exordiums or exordia)

  1. (formal) A beginning
  2. The introduction to a paper or discourse.
    • , II.17:
      Cicero thinks, in discourses of philosophy, the exordium to be the hardest part: if it be so, I wisely lay hold on the conclusion.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      This is a feeble article of faith to begin with, but it helps to push my pen through this exordium and what now follows.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin exordium.

Noun[edit]

exordium n (plural exordia)

  1. introduction, preface (to an essay or plea)

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From exordior.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

exordium n (genitive exordiī); second declension

  1. beginning, commencement
  2. introduction, preface
  3. foundation, creation
    ab exordio urbis
    From the beginning / founding of the city

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative exordium exordia
genitive exordiī exordiōrum
dative exordiō exordiīs
accusative exordium exordia
ablative exordiō exordiīs
vocative exordium exordia

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References[edit]

  • exordium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • exordium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • exordium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the conversation began in this way: sermo inductus a tali exordio