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exegesis

[ ek-si-jee-sis ]
/ ˌɛk sɪˈdʒi sɪs /
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noun, plural ex·e·ge·ses [ek-si-jee-seez]. /ˌɛk sɪˈdʒi siz/.

critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible.

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Origin of exegesis

1610–20; <Greek exḗgēsis an interpretation, explanation, equivalent to ex-ex-3 + (h)ēgē- (verbid stem of hēgeîsthai to guide) + -sis-sis
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British Dictionary definitions for exegesis

exegesis
/ (ˌɛksɪˈdʒiːsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

explanation or critical interpretation of a text, esp of the BibleCompare eisegesis

Word Origin for exegesis

C17: from Greek, from exēgeisthai to interpret, from ex- 1 + hēgeisthai to guide
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