exordium

exordium

[ig-zawr-dee-uhm, ik-sawr-]
noun, plural exordiums, exordia [ig-zawr-dee-uh, ik-sawr-] .
1.
the beginning of anything.
2.
the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin exōrdium, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ōrd(īrī) to begin + -ium -ium

exordial, adjective
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exordium (ɛkˈsɔːdɪəm)
 
n , pl -diums, -dia
an introductory part or beginning, esp of an oration or discourse
 
[C16: from Latin, from exōrdīrī to begin, from ōrdīrī to begin]
 
ex'ordial
 
adj

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exordium

in literature, the beginning or introduction, especially the introductory part of a discourse or composition. The term originally referred specifically to one of the traditional divisions of a speech established by classical rhetoricians.

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