a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.

1795–1805; < French, noun use of past participle of exposer to expose

expose, exposé.
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expose (ɪkˈspəʊz)
1.  to display for viewing; exhibit
2.  to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal: to expose the facts
3.  to divulge the identity of; unmask
4.  (foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
5.  to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
6.  (foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with): he was exposed to the classics at an early age
7.  photog to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
8.  RC Church to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
9.  expose oneself to display one's sexual organs in public
[C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent]

exposé (ɛksˈpəʊzeɪ)
1.  the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
2.  an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from M.Fr. exposer "lay open, set forth," from L. exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose). Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.

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