eisegesis

eisegesis

[ahy-si-jee-sis]
noun, plural eisegeses [ahy-si-jee-seez] .
an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

Origin:
1890–95; < Greek eisḗgesis, equivalent to eis- into + (h)ēge- (stem of hēgeîsthai to lead) + -sis -sis

eisegetic [ahy-si-jet-ik] , eisegetical, adjective
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eisegesis (ˌaɪsəˈdʒiːsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
Compare exegesis the interpretation of a text, esp a biblical text, using one's own ideas
 
[C19: from Greek eis into, in + -egesis, as in exegesis]

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eisegesis
the reading of one's own ideas into scripture, 1878, from Gk. eis "in, into" + ending from exegesis.
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