- a large-scale public exhibition or show, as of art or manufactured products: an exposition of 19th-century paintings; an automobile exposition.
- the act of expounding, setting forth, or explaining: the exposition of a point of view.
- writing or speech primarily intended to convey information or to explain; a detailed statement or explanation; explanatory treatise: The students prepared expositions on familiar essay topics.
- the act of presenting to view; display: The singer gave a splendid exposition of vocal talent.
- exposure(def 12).
- the state of being uncovered, revealed, or otherwise exposed; exposure.
- Music. the first section of a fugue or a sonata form, in which the principal themes normally are introduced.
- (in a play, novel, etc.) dialogue, description, etc., that gives the audience or reader the background of the characters and the present situation.
Origin of exposition
Related Words for expositioncomment, essay, elucidation, text, paper, disquisition, thesis, critique, interpretation, dissertation, story, review, discourse, theme, details, statement, commentary, exegesis, presentation, composition
Examples from the Web for exposition
Contemporary Examples of exposition
All this shows the real problem when telling the story of geniuses: exposition.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
In the hands of a lessor actor, she might have even seemed like an exposition machine.Welcome to Snowpiercer’s Apocalypse
June 29, 2014
Those bored by exposition who like action and dialogue written in the present tense will eat these up.The Man With Stories to Tell
December 8, 2013
But also somebody who could handle a mouthful of exposition and make the words understandable and compelling.
There were 200 extras in the room, the cameras were on me, I have long speeches and a lot of exposition and stuff.
Historical Examples of exposition
She was an exposition of the domestic resources of Horn o' the Moon.Tiverton Tales
This, sir, is your exposition of the Savior's rule of right.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
I said, as if I had only been waiting for her exposition of the case.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I listened one day with much interest 117 to an exposition of the evils of salt.
Prussian militarists are experts in the exposition of similar theories.
- a systematic, usually written statement about, commentary on, or explanation of a specific subject
- the act of expounding or setting forth information or a viewpoint
- a large public exhibition, esp of industrial products or arts and crafts
- the act of exposing or the state of being exposed
- the part of a play, novel, etc, in which the theme and main characters are introduced
- music the first statement of the subjects or themes of a movement in sonata form or a fugue
- RC Church the exhibiting of the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic for public veneration
Word Origin for exposition
late 14c., "explanation, narration," from Old French esposicion (12c.), from Latin expositionem (nominative expositio) "a setting or showing forth," noun of action from past participle stem of exponere (see expound).
The meaning "public display" is first recorded 1851 in reference to the Crystal Palace Exposition in London. Abbreviation Expo is first recorded 1963, in reference to planning for the world's fair held in Montreal in 1967.