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[ek-spoh-zey] /ˌɛk spoʊˈzeɪ/
a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable:
Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
Origin of exposé
1795-1805; < French, noun use of past participle of exposer to expose
Can be confused
expose, exposé. Unabridged
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  • If the exposé did come, why, it must, and there would be no help for it: tell him voluntarily he could not.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "This or else Bolshevism" was the peroration of many a delegate's exposé.

  • Might it be the dying glare of his friend Needy, who hung himself after the Greenipluck exposé, which reduced him to beggary?

  • In war time it is a crime to hoard food, and fines and imprisonment have followed the exposé of such practices.

    Diet and Health Lulu Hunt Peters
  • Some glimmer of reason warned him that an exposé in the newspapers would cost him his job with Brown, Son & Brown.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for exposé


the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc


verb (transitive)
to display for viewing; exhibit
to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal: to expose the facts
to divulge the identity of; unmask
(foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
(foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with): he was exposed to the classics at an early age
(photog) to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
(RC Church) to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
expose oneself, to display one's sexual organs in public
Derived Forms
exposable, adjective
exposal, noun
exposer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent
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Word Origin and History for exposé



early 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from Middle French exposer "lay open, set forth" (13c.), from Latin exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "to exhibit openly" is from 1620s; that of "to unmask" is from 1690s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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