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epexegesis

[ep-ek-si-jee-sis]
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noun, plural ep·ex·e·ge·ses [ep-ek-si-jee-seez] /ɛpˌɛk sɪˈdʒi siz/. Rhetoric.
  1. the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.
  2. the word or words so added.
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Origin of epexegesis

First recorded in 1615–25, epexegesis is from the Greek word epexḗgēsis explanation. See ep-, exegesis
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British Dictionary definitions for epexegesis

epexegesis

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz) rhetoric
  1. the addition of a phrase, clause, or sentence to a text to provide further explanation
  2. the phrase, clause, or sentence added for this purpose
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Derived Formsepexegetic (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒɛtɪk) or epexegetical, adjectiveepexegetically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek; see epi-, exegesis
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Word Origin and History for epexegesis

n.

"words added to convey more clearly the meaning intended," 1620s, from Greek epexegesis, from epi "in addition" (see epi) + exegeisthai "to explain" (see exegesis).

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