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[ig-zawr-dee-uh m, ik-sawr-]
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noun, plural ex·or·di·ums, ex·or·di·a [ig-zawr-dee-uh, ik-sawr-] /ɪgˈzɔr di ə, ɪkˈsɔr-/.
  1. the beginning of anything.
  2. the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.
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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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Related Words for exordia

debut, installation, opening, addition, presentation, inauguration, launch, initiation, preface, establishment, influx, signal, proposition, suggestion, invitation, proposal, bid, preamble, foreword, prologue

British Dictionary definitions for exordia


noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
  1. an introductory part or beginning, esp of an oration or discourse
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Derived Formsexordial, adjective

Word Origin for exordium

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