[ ek-si-jee-sis ]
/ ˌɛk sɪˈdʒi sɪs /

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.

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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/ (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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Word Origin and History for exegesis



1610s, from Greek exegesis "explanation, interpretation," from exegeisthai "explain, interpret," from ex "out" (see ex- (2)) + hegeisthai "to lead, guide," from PIE root *sag-. Related: Exegetical.

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