[ig-zawr-dee-uh m, ik-sawr-]

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.

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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Examples from the Web for exordium

Historical Examples of exordium

  • This passage is a palpable imitation of the exordium of the neis, and particularly the last line.

  • After this exordium I think I may proceed to narrate the journey of myself and family into Wales.

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • Similarly, in the case of speeches, the exordium is prior in order to the narrative.

  • This toast is always so welcome and so highly appreciated that it needs no exordium from the chair.

  • The fine depth of tone in the exordium of Struensée and the fugue development in the main theme are also not to be despised.

    Musical Memories

    Camille Saint-Sans

British Dictionary definitions for exordium


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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