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[ek-si-jee-sis] /ˌɛk sɪˈdʒi sɪs/
noun, plural exegeses
[ek-si-jee-seez] /ˌɛk sɪˈdʒi siz/ (Show IPA)
critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible.
Origin of exegesis
1610-20; < Greek exḗgēsis an interpretation, explanation, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)ēgē- (verbid stem of hēgeîsthai to guide) + -sis -sis Unabridged
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  • No scholarly book is complete without academic exegesis.
  • Long after Mademoiselle's exegesis the phrase haunted me.
  • After that lengthy exegesis, it's unclear whether the skeptics are gilding the lily or just protesting too much.
  • It lends itself to highfalutin critical exegesis.
  • Perhaps you should stick to painting and leave biblical exegesis to those who know a bit more.
  • Nor did he fail to base his exegesis, whenever possible, upon an appeal to general principles.
  • The word might change meaning legitimately but the purpose of exegesis is to understand the original meaning.
  • Thus this is a work of substantive moral philosophy as well as exegesis of a text.
British Dictionary definitions for exegesis


noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
explanation or critical interpretation of a text, esp of the Bible Compare eisegesis
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, from exēgeisthai to interpret, from ex-1 + hēgeisthai to guide
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Word Origin and History for exegesis

1610s, from Greek exegesis "explanation, interpretation," from exegeisthai "explain, interpret," from ex "out" (see ex- (2)) + hegeisthai "to lead, guide," from PIE root *sag-. Related: Exegetical.

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