Definition of exposition in English:

exposition

noun

  • 1A comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.

    ‘a systematic exposition of the idea of biodiversity’
    • ‘The way in which Antiochus appeals to human nature and its development in the exposition and defense of his ethics is modeled closely on Stoic theory, however.’
    • ‘This is not a matter of giving a semi-popular exposition of the latest theories.’
    • ‘U.S.-based readers will be particularly thankful for an exposition of European theory and research, most of which has been ignored on our side of the pond.’
    • ‘The first edition of the Critique contained a lengthy exposition of the theory of transcendental idealism.’
    • ‘This book is a timely exposition of the theory, research, and clinical techniques associated with emotion and the expression of emotion.’
    • ‘He was widely known for his exposition of the ideas of physics to the layman, and he was held in affection by his many colleagues and pupils for the warmth and simple directness of his personality.’
    • ‘These reviews remain the most comprehensible expositions of the essential elements of regulation.’
    • ‘It may well be defensible, but it does not receive anything like an adequate exposition, never mind defence, here.’
    • ‘There are other expositions of the theory of dialectics which present it in opposition to formal logic.’
    • ‘If you're going to have a sermon at all, it must be a sermon that invites people into an experience, a relationship, and not simply into an exposition or an explanation.’
    • ‘Dundes is to be congratulated on his choice of essayists and on his clear exposition of their key ideas placed in an illuminating historical and autobiographical context.’
    • ‘The idea of a philosophical exposition of the human passions was by no means new.’
    • ‘Finding examples of grounded theory that reveal all its facets and stages is very difficult, and it is unsurprising that many expositions of grounded theory fall back on the original illustrations.’
    • ‘If you read standard expositions of Quantum Theory you can put together a certain list of the things that are not effects.’
    • ‘Wood provides a systematic exposition of the idea of biodiversity.’
    • ‘This is an extremely well written and sympathetic essay, which rarely strays beyond an exposition of Guattari's ideas and their evolution.’
    • ‘Intriguingly, the author of this cataclysmic theatrical moment politely refused to engage in either explanations or expositions about his work.’
    • ‘Nadel is excellent at providing an exposition of Stoppard's ideas and the wider social context in which he lives.’
    • ‘There are signposts in the text but Desai stops so frequently to admire the scenery that they are buried beneath lengthy expositions and descriptions of the setting sun.’
    • ‘The importance of this survey lies in its synthetic descriptions and in its clear expositions on what needs to be further studied in this area.’
    explanation, description, elucidation, explication, interpretation, illustration
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    1. 1.1Music The part of a movement, especially in sonata form, in which the principal themes are first presented.
      • ‘Hummel's paring down of Mozart's work lays bare the exposition and development of themes with absolute clarity.’
      • ‘The exposition contains a first theme in two parts, transition, two secondary themes, and a 19-bar closing section.’
      • ‘Thus a sonata exposition, which in Mozart or Beethoven may often have two contrasting themes, is said to have a ‘first subject’ and a ‘second subject’.’
      • ‘The exposition of this symphony, for example, is usually taken as singing pure and simple.’
      • ‘His measured, lyrical exposition of the movement's second theme seemed to touch the very soul of the music.’
  • 2A large public exhibition of art or trade goods.

    ‘the exposition will feature exhibits by 165 companies’
    • ‘Pearls and pearl products will be on display at the exposition, which will be open to public though it specifically targets pearl dealers and jewellery houses.’
    • ‘Over 130 companies will have their wares on display, with big expositions from most major auto manufacturers.’
    • ‘Horticultural Hall was the largest structure built for the exposition, which heightened public awareness about landscaping open urban spaces.’
    • ‘He believes that many galleries have become expert globetrotters, exhibiting at all of the major expositions, be they in Basel, Paris, New York or San Francisco.’
    • ‘Eurosatory 2002, one of the world's largest defense expositions, held in Paris in June, was a great success.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Industry and Trade organises one of the biggest country expositions to meet the interest of Czech exporters.’
    • ‘And relocating residents and businesses is a much more significant issue for Shanghai Expo 2010 than for previous expositions.’
    • ‘Photographs were widely used at the exposition, where the public's thirst for vicarious pleasure seemed insatiable.’
    • ‘His woodblock prints have been widely exhibited at national Chinese and also at international expositions - in the U.S.A, Japan, Spain and Taiwan.’
    • ‘The International Technical Fair is the largest exposition held in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Similar to the inaugural event in Beijing two years ago, the exposition in Shanghai also featured a wide range of exhibitions on world soccer.’
    • ‘Since she graduated from University in 1986, her artworks have been exhibited and frequently awarded at national expositions.’
    • ‘This landmark fair was the first of the international expositions held in the United States to integrate the decorative arts with the fine arts objects on view.’
    • ‘The company promotes trade shows and expositions, and publishes books, including the famous ‘For Dummies’ series, among other activities.’
    • ‘The workshop founded in Moscow in 1853 grew rapidly into a factory, and its works were also exhibited regularly at international expositions.’
    • ‘Quite small, the LC2 range was designed primarily for apartments and featured in furniture expositions at the time.’
    • ‘The exposition Precious Stones contains about 1,500 exhibits.’
    • ‘The format belongs to a recent genre of installation art found in international expositions, that of the mock street bazaar.’
    • ‘Tiffany assured himself a global reputation by displaying his products at international expositions, where they were widely acclaimed and rewarded with medals.’
    • ‘With Georges being a supplier of equipment for the construction industry, their life was going to trade shows and expositions.’
    exhibition, fair, trade fair, display, show, presentation, demonstration
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  • 3archaic mass noun The action of making something public.

    ‘the country squires dreaded the exposition of their rustic conversation’

Origin

Middle English: from Latin expositio(n-), from the verb exponere ‘expose, publish, explain’.

Pronunciation

exposition

/ɛkspəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/