One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as a stage direction in a play to indicate that a group of actors leave the stage.‘exeunt Hamlet and Polonius’
- ‘I love thee. (music ends, exeunt all but TIAGO, CELIA, and CHRISTOPHERO) Meet me at the riverbank in five days, dear Celia!’
- ‘Then a hundred men would exeunt as only thieves can - without sound, without trace.’
- ‘Having decided that he has expressed himself fully, Budd concludes three decades of musical activity with a glorious exeunt that crystallizes his body of work into a singular, magnificent statement.’
- ‘The leader of the two-man crew walked around the house with a tape measure looking for an apt exeunt, and I believe he would have taken it upstairs and swung it out the bedroom window if that was the only option.’
- ‘The odds at present on the final outcome must be that there will be a dramatic ending with Microsoft upstaged: exeunt WinCo left, and AppCo right.’
- ‘They both open their car doors and exeunt vehicle, meeting at the sidewalk.’
Used to indicate that all the actors leave the stage.
- ‘‘My lady, I believe it's time for exeunt omnes.’’
- ‘That classic Shakespearean stage direction, exeunt omnes, or ‘everybody leaves’, includes another form of the same word.’
Late 15th century: Latin, literally ‘they go out’, third person plural present tense of exire.
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