• (British) IPA: /ɛɡˈzɔːdɪəm/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɛɡˈzɔɹdɪəm/
  • (America)

exordium (plural exordiums)

  1. (formal) A beginning.
  2. The introduction to an essay or discourse.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Cicero thinks, in discourses of philosophy, the exordium to be the hardest part: if it be so, I wisely lay hold on the conclusion.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      This is a feeble article of faith to begin with, but it helps to push my pen through this exordium and what now follows.
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