- a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
Origin of exposé
- the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
- an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc
- to display for viewing; exhibit
- to bring to public notice; disclose; revealto expose the facts
- to divulge the identity of; unmask
- (foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
- to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
- (foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with)he was exposed to the classics at an early age
- photog to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
- RC Church to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
- expose oneself to display one's sexual organs in public
Word Origin and History for exposé
early 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from Middle French exposer "lay open, set forth" (13c.), from Latin exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "to exhibit openly" is from 1620s; that of "to unmask" is from 1690s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.
also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; past participle of French exposer (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.