exordium

[ ig-zawr-dee-uh m, ik-sawr- ]
/ ɪgˈzɔr di əm, ɪkˈsɔr- /

noun, plural ex·or·di·ums, ex·or·di·a [ig-zawr-dee-uh, ik-sawr-] /ɪgˈzɔr di ə, ɪkˈsɔr-/.

the beginning of anything.
the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.

Nearby words

  1. exorbitant,
  2. exorcise,
  3. exorcism,
  4. exorcist,
  5. exorcize,
  6. exoserosis,
  7. exoskeleton,
  8. exosmosis,
  9. exosphere,
  10. exospore

Origin of exordium

1525–35; < Latin exōrdium, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ōrd(īrī) to begin + -ium -ium

Related formsex·or·di·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exordia

exordium

/ (ɛkˈsɔːdɪəm) /

noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)

an introductory part or beginning, esp of an oration or discourse
Derived Formsexordial, adjective

Word Origin for exordium

C16: from Latin, from exōrdīrī to begin, from ōrdīrī to begin

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