in medias res

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin in mediās rēs (literally into the middle of things).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪn ˌmiːdɪəs ˈɹeɪz/

Adverb[edit]

in medias res (not comparable)

  1. In the middle of a storyline.
    Synonym: in-between
    Coordinate term: ab ovo
    This novel begins in medias res.
    • 2008, Don Gifford, Robert J. Seidman, Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses, Univ of California Press (→ISBN), page 2:
      As in a good epic, Ulysses begins in medias res and fills us in on Stephen's life since the end of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by flashback; and by the flashback of memory we are given the story of Molly's and Bloom's lives.
    • 2013, H. David Brumble, Classical Myths and Legends in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: A Dictionary of Allegorical Meanings, Routledge (→ISBN)
      Homer begins in medias res. Then, well into the poem, he takes us back to tell us about the events that make up the beginning of the story. The Odyssey, for example, begins in the tenth year of Odysseus's wanderings; then, later in the poem, []

Adjective[edit]

in medias res (not comparable)

  1. Beginning in the middle of its storyline: said of a work of literature or a film.
    Although not strictly in medias res, the film uses flashbacks extensively.

Noun[edit]

in medias res (uncountable)

  1. Narrative presented in medias res.
    • 2010 (March 31st, 5:00pm): Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, “Final Fantasy XIII” reviewed by Zero Punctuation, 2:03–2:16
      Anyway, the characters have been introduced but by no means established. I know Final Fantasy’s always been big on in medias res, but even the most basic questions about the plot remain unanswered. Who the fuck are these people? What is going on? Why should I care? Can I stop playing now? Please?

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin in medias res (literally into the middle of things).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /in ˈme.ðjas ˌres/

Adverb[edit]

in medias res

  1. in medias res

Adjective[edit]

in medias res (plural in medias res)

  1. in medias res

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