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prolegomenon

[ proh-li-gom-uh-non, -nuhn ]
/ ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, -nən /
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noun, plural pro·le·gom·e·na [proh-li-gom-uh-nuh]. /ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm ə nə/.

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.

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Origin of prolegomenon

1645–55; <New Latin <Greek prolegómenon, neuter of passive present participle of prolégein to say beforehand, equivalent to pro-pro-2 + légein to say (akin to lógoslogos)
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How to use prolegomenon in a sentence

  • The play, one feels, must remain unique, for the prolegomenon cannot be rewritten while the philosophy is unchanged.

  • The miscellanies really stand to the novels in the relation of a sort of prolegomenon.

    Balzac|Frederick Lawton

British Dictionary definitions for prolegomenon

prolegomenon
/ (ˌprəʊlɛˈɡɒmɪnən) /

noun plural -na (-nə)

(often plural) a preliminary discussion, esp a formal critical introduction to a lengthy text

Derived forms of prolegomenon

prolegomenal, adjective

Word Origin for prolegomenon

C17: from Greek, from prolegein, from pro- ² + legein to say
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