Tuesday, July 17, 2001
exegesis noun [ek-suh-JEE-sis] Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text.
Definitions for exegesis
- Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text.
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Citations for exegesis
It is a fiercely argued exegesis of Shakespeare's plays in the tradition of Samuel Johnson, Hazlitt and A. C. Bradley, a study that is as passionate as it is erudite.
These are tightly argued, crisp exercises in literary and cultural exegesis which make perfectly clear the brilliant patterns of language and oftentimes strained analogic thinking of the poets.
Origin of exegesis
Exegesis comes from Greek, from exegeisthai, "to explain, to interpret," from ex-, "out of" + hegeisthai, "to lead, to guide." Thus an exegesis is, at root, "a leading or guiding out of" a complexity.