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[ahy-si-jee-sis] /ˌaɪ sɪˈdʒi sɪs/
noun, plural eisegeses
[ahy-si-jee-seez] /ˌaɪ sɪˈdʒi siz/ (Show IPA)
an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
Origin of eisegesis
1890-95; < Greek eisḗgesis, equivalent to eis- into + (h)ēge- (stem of hēgeîsthai to lead) + -sis -sis
Related forms
[ahy-si-jet-ik] /ˌaɪ sɪˈdʒɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
eisegetical, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for eisegesis


noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
the interpretation of a text, esp a biblical text, using one's own ideas Compare exegesis
Word Origin
C19: from Greek eis into, in + -egesis, as in exegesis
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Word Origin and History for eisegesis

the reading of one's own ideas into scripture, 1878, from Greek eis "in, into" + ending from exegesis.

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