[ig-zawr-dee-uh m, ik-sawr-]
- the beginning of anything.
- the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.
Origin of exordium
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Examples from the Web for exordium
Every Speyside man will recognise from this exordium that I am about to treat of "Geordie."Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Every one present laughed at the exordium (and there the matter dropped).The Memorabilia
Fuller looked a little scared at this exordium, but Rachel did not notice him.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
Similarly, in the case of speeches, the exordium is prior in order to the narrative.The Categories
Your exordium was so singularly clear, that I did not understand you before.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain
- an introductory part or beginning, esp of an oration or discourse
C16: from Latin, from exōrdīrī to begin, from ōrdīrī to begin
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