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[ 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

eir, eire, eirenic, eirenicon, eis, eisegesis, eisegetic, eisenach, eisenhower, eisenhower jacket, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for eisegetic


/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for eisegetic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper