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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Example sentences
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.
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