noun, plural exegeses [ek-si-jee-seez] .
critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible.

1610–20; < Greek exḗgēsis an interpretation, explanation, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)ēgē- (verbid stem of hēgeîsthai to guide) + -sis -sis

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exegesis (ˌɛksɪˈdʒiːsɪs)
n , pl -ses
Compare eisegesis explanation or critical interpretation of a text, esp of the Bible
[C17: from Greek, from exēgeisthai to interpret, from ex-1 + hēgeisthai to guide]

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1610s, from Gk. exegeisthai "explain, interpret," from ex- "out" + hegeisthai "to lead, guide." Related: Exegetical.
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