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epexegesis

[ ep-ek-si-jee-sis ]
/ ɛpˌɛk sɪˈdʒi sɪs /
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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.

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Origin of epexegesis

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

Words nearby epexegesis

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British Dictionary definitions for epexegesis

epexegesis
/ (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒiːsɪs) /

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 forms of epexegesis

epexegetic (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒɛtɪk) or epexegetical, adjectiveepexegetically, adverb

Word Origin for epexegesis

C17: from Greek; see epi-, exegesis
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