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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exordium (rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Exordium A beginning; an introduction; especially, the introductory part of a discourse or written composition, which prepares the audience for the main subject; the opening part of an oration. "The exordium of repentance.""Long prefaces and exordiums ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exordium The beginning of anything; specifically, the introductory part of a discourse, intended to prepare the audience for the main subject; the preface or proemial part of a composition.
    • n exordium Synonyms Proem; Prelude, Preface, etc. See introduction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exordium egz-or′di-um the introductory part of a discourse or composition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fr. exordiri, to begin a web, lay a warp, begin; ex, out + ordiri, to begin a web, begin; akin to E. order,. See Order
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exordīriex, out, ordīri, to begin.


In literature:

The first lines, or the exordium of the battle of Lora, are calmly sublime, and refined with simplicity.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
The exordium and the conclusion are practically the same.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
Bemi's playfulness is very pleasant, and his exordiums are charming; and in many instances he has improved the poetry.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
It is the custom of lovers to abuse of the gorgiaques figures from the very protasis and exordium.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
From the exordium, Young appears to have spent some time on the composition of it.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
After this elegant exordium, Mr. Ramsey said he proposed to divide his remarks under four heads.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
But from her very exordium she may be fairly judged.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
I assure you it is far from my intention to make any formal exordium, even if I knew the exact object of your request.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Et primo ponitur exordium breue et deinde narracio subinfertur.
"Henry the Sixth" by John Blacman
But at that exordium, instantly, they fell away; instantly fear, like a wave, swept over her.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Now, dear reader, you begin to see the drift of this long exordium, although my purpose was indeed twofold.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
The exordium in chap.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
The two verses of the close, together with the exordium, chap.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
I will preserve this splendidly exordiumed and most extraordinary document.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
What say you to my exordium?
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 5 November 1848" by Various
Your exordium is very tantalizing.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
This exordium was publicly read at Bow Church.
"A Cursory History of Swearing" by Julian Sharman
That closed the exordium.
"The Secret of the League" by Ernest Bramah
This exordium was unusual.
"The Great Gold Rush" by W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
The prayer is worthy, in its solemn tone, of this exordium; and the desired effect soon follows.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds