eisegesis

[ ahy-si-jee-sis ]
/ ˌaɪ sɪˈdʒi sɪs /

noun, plural eis·e·ge·ses [ahy-si-jee-seez] /ˌaɪ sɪˈdʒi siz/.

an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

Nearby words

  1. eir,
  2. eire,
  3. eirenic,
  4. eirenicon,
  5. eis,
  6. eisegetic,
  7. eisenach,
  8. eisenhower,
  9. eisenhower jacket,
  10. eisenhower, dwight d.

Origin of eisegesis

1890–95; < Greek eisḗgesis, equivalent to eis- into + (h)ēge- (stem of hēgeîsthai to lead) + -sis -sis

Related formsei·se·get·ic [ahy-si-jet-ik] /ˌaɪ sɪˈdʒɛt ɪk/, ei·se·get·i·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for eisegesis

eisegesis

/ (ˌaɪsəˈdʒiːsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

the interpretation of a text, esp a biblical text, using one's own ideasCompare exegesis

Word Origin for eisegesis

C19: from Greek eis into, in + -egesis, as in exegesis

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Word Origin and History for eisegesis

eisegesis

n.

the reading of one's own ideas into scripture, 1878, from Greek eis "in, into" + ending from exegesis.

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