[ ep-ek-si-jee-sis ]

noun,plural ep·ex·e·ge·ses [ep-ek-si-jee-seez]. /ɛpˌɛk sɪˈdʒi siz/. Rhetoric.
  1. the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.

  2. the word or words so added.

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


/ (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒiːsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz) rhetoric
  1. the addition of a phrase, clause, or sentence to a text to provide further explanation

  2. the phrase, clause, or sentence added for this purpose

Origin of epexegesis

C17: from Greek; see epi-, exegesis

Derived forms of epexegesis

  • epexegetic (ɛˌpɛksɪˈdʒɛtɪk) or epexegetical, adjective
  • epexegetically, adverb

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