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[ek-spoh-zey] /ˌɛk spoʊˈzeɪ/
a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable:
Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
Origin of exposé
1795-1805; < French, noun use of past participle of exposer to expose
Can be confused
expose, exposé. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exposé
  • Find your second subject that you want to expose on top of the first photograph.
  • Faculty don't want to know, because it would expose the weakness of their teaching and take time from research.
  • If you want a silhouette, expose for the background.
  • US defense department has some explaining over why they expose their citizens to health risk.
  • The big mining machines remove tons of coal and expose hundreds of square meters of rocks.
  • It will expose everything you can do and everything you can't.
  • Privately, of course, they fear that disclosing low retention rates will expose their sharp.
  • Commercial oven cleaners can expose you to caustic chemicals and harmful toxins while reducing the air quality in your home.
  • Proper interrogation can soon expose the inevitable inconsistencies.
  • The time has come to expose them for what they are: alien invaders.
British Dictionary definitions for exposé


the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc


verb (transitive)
to display for viewing; exhibit
to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal: to expose the facts
to divulge the identity of; unmask
(foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
(foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with): he was exposed to the classics at an early age
(photog) to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
(RC Church) to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
expose oneself, to display one's sexual organs in public
Derived Forms
exposable, adjective
exposal, noun
exposer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent
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Word Origin and History for exposé



early 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from Middle French exposer "lay open, set forth" (13c.), from Latin exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "to exhibit openly" is from 1620s; that of "to unmask" is from 1690s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.


also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; past participle of French exposer (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.

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