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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.
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