Definition of exordium in English:



  • The beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.

    • ‘What he finally said, after a long exordium, was that at the earliest opportunity a democratic congress should determine France's political future.’
    • ‘The Beatitudes should be seen, according to Betz, as an exordium for the entire Sermon.’
    • ‘Beginning his exordium with high-minded praise of the intellect, he declares that the contemporary world's rightful rulers are the wise and moral.’
    • ‘In one case we know that he delivered a speech from a script; otherwise only a few important passages, chiefly the exordium and peroration, were written out in extenso beforehand.’
    • ‘First comes an introduction, or exordium, designed to secure a favorable hearing.’


Late 16th century: from Latin, from exordiri begin, from ex- out, from + ordiri begin.