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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.
Origin of epexegesis
First recorded in 1615–25, epexegesis
is from the Greek
explanation. See ep-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for epexegesis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz) rhetoricDerived Formsepexegetic (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒɛtɪk) or epexegetical, adjectiveepexegetically, adverb
- the addition of a phrase, clause, or sentence to a text to provide further explanation
- the phrase, clause, or sentence added for this purpose
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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