[ ek-si-jee-sis ]
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noun,plural ex·e·ge·ses [ek-si-jee-seez]. /ˌɛk sɪˈdʒi siz/.
  1. 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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How to use exegesis in a sentence

  • There was a long exegesis on genetics, how we would live to be 125 or was it 124, how he controlled his blood pressure by thought.

    Courting Brando | Harold Evans | December 19, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • It seemed to me that there must be a defect in the translation, and an erroneous exegesis; but where was the source of the error?

    My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
  • But little exegesis is needed for a right comprehension of the true and substantial import of the work.

  • Against all such superficialities of exegesis alike our safeguard must be a broad common-sense induction.

    Montaigne and Shakspere | John M. Robertson
  • And they worked this unhistorical belief to its breaking point in their Biblical exegesis.

  • It needs not our saying that it must be an extraordinary mode of exegesis that can find such things in such unusual places.

British Dictionary definitions for exegesis


/ (ˌɛksɪˈdʒiːsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-siːz)
  1. explanation or critical interpretation of a text, esp of the Bible: Compare eisegesis

Origin of exegesis

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

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