prolegomenon [proh-li- gom- uh-non, -n uh n] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural pro·le·gom·e·na . [proh-li- gom- uh-n uh] /ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm ə nə/ a preliminary discussion; introductory essay, as prefatory matter in a book; a prologue. Usually prolegomena. ( sometimes used with a singular verb) a treatise serving as a preface or introduction to a book. Origin of prolegomenon 1645–55;
neuter of passive present participle of
to say beforehand, equivalent to
pro- pro- 2
to say (akin to
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Examples from the Web for prolegomenon Historical Examples The play, one feels, must remain unique, for the prolegomenon cannot be rewritten while the philosophy is unchanged. The miscellanies really stand to the novels in the relation of a sort of prolegomenon. British Dictionary definitions for prolegomenon (often plural) a preliminary discussion, esp a formal critical introduction to a lengthy text Derived Forms prolegomenal, adjective Word Origin
C17: from Greek, from
prolegein, from pro- ² + legein to say
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Word Origin and History for prolegomenon n.
1650s, "learned preamble to a book," from Greek
prolegomenon, noun use of neuter passive present participle of prolegein "to say beforehand," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + legein "to speak" (see lecture (n.)) + suffix -menos (as in alumnus). The same sense is in preface (n.). Related: Prolegomenary; prolegomenous.
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