- a preliminary discussion; introductory essay, as prefatory matter in a book; a prologue.
- Usually prolegomena. (sometimes used with a singular verb) a treatise serving as a preface or introduction to a book.
Origin of prolegomenon
Related Wordsingress, awakening, insertion, preface, primer, lead, addition, preamble, admittance, lead-in, initiation, presentation, foreword, opening, inauguration, overture, inception, installation, establishment, prelude
Examples from the Web for prolegomena
For the full development of these views, see Wellhausen's Prolegomena.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
Philology can, however, furnish no more than the prolegomena to mythology.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
John Addington Symonds
As he adds in the Prolegomena, the glove of one hand cannot be used for the other hand.
This, indeed, is how they are viewed in the earlier sections of the Prolegomena.
The author of the Prolegomena to Æsthetics recoiled from "too much temperament."The Divine Fire
- (often plural) a preliminary discussion, esp a formal critical introduction to a lengthy text
Word Origin and History for prolegomena
1650s, "learned preamble to a book," from Greek prolegomenon, noun use of neuter passive present participle of prolegein "to say beforehand," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + legein "to speak" (see lecture (n.)) + suffix -menos (as in alumnus). The same sense is in preface (n.). Related: Prolegomenary; prolegomenous.