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exordium

[ig-zawr-dee-uh m, ik-sawr-]
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noun, plural ex·or·di·ums, ex·or·di·a [ig-zawr-dee-uh, ik-sawr-] /ɪgˈzɔr di ə, ɪkˈsɔr-/.
  1. the beginning of anything.
  2. the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.

Origin of exordium

1525–35; < Latin exōrdium, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ōrd(īrī) to begin + -ium -ium
Related formsex·or·di·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exordia

exordium

noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
  1. an introductory part or beginning, esp of an oration or discourse
Derived Formsexordial, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from exōrdīrī to begin, from ōrdīrī to begin
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