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proem

[ proh-em ]

noun

  1. an introductory discourse; introduction; preface; preamble.


proem

/ ˈprəʊɛm; prəʊˈiːmɪəl /

noun

  1. an introduction or preface, such as to a work of literature


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Derived Forms

  • proemial, adjective
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Other Words From

  • pro·e·mi·al [proh-, ee, -mee-, uh, l, -, em, -ee-], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of proem1

1350–1400; < Latin prooemium < Greek prooímion prelude ( pro- pro- 2 + oím ( ē ) song + -ion diminutive suffix); replacing Middle English proheme < Middle French < Latin, as above
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Word History and Origins

Origin of proem1

C14: from Latin prooemium introduction, from Greek prooimion, from pro- ² + hoimē song
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Example Sentences

After writing these words I read to G. the Proem and opening scene of my novel, and he expressed great delight in them.

In the proem to this idyl I seem to see two shadowy figures passing up and down over a lonesome land.

Machiavelli lays much stress upon this in the Proem to his Istorie Fiorentine.

The opening—the proem I believe he calls it—is very beautiful.

Proem, printed in two of his books, is certainly the best thing he has done hitherto.

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