noun, plural ep·ex·e·ge·ses [ep-ek-si-jee-seez] /ɛpˌɛk sɪˈdʒi siz/. Rhetoric.

the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.
the word or words so added.

Nearby words

  1. ependymoma,
  2. epenthesis,
  3. epenthesize,
  4. epenthetic,
  5. epergne,
  6. epexegetic,
  7. epg,
  8. eph-,
  9. eph.,
  10. ephah

Origin of epexegesis

First recorded in 1615–25, epexegesis is from the Greek word epexḗgēsis explanation. See ep-, exegesis

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British Dictionary definitions for epexegesis


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz) rhetoric

the addition of a phrase, clause, or sentence to a text to provide further explanation
the phrase, clause, or sentence added for this purpose
Derived Formsepexegetic (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒɛtɪk) or epexegetical, adjectiveepexegetically, adverb

Word Origin for epexegesis

C17: from Greek; see epi-, exegesis

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Word Origin and History for epexegesis



"words added to convey more clearly the meaning intended," 1620s, from Greek epexegesis, from epi "in addition" (see epi) + exegeisthai "to explain" (see exegesis).

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