One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To compose or deliver a prologue.
2with object To preface with a prologue; to summarize in a prologue.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Beaumont (1584–1616), playwright. From post-classical Latin prologizare to speak a prologue or its etymon Greek προλογίζειν to speak a prologue (in scholia (medieval Greek or earlier) on Sophocles Philoctetes 1) from ancient Greek πρόλογος + -ίζειν.
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