American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An introduction; a preface.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preface; introduction; preamble; preliminary observations prefixed to a book or writing.
- To preface.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Preface; introduction; preliminary observations; prelude.
- v. obsolete To preface.
- Middle English proheme, from Old French, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion : pro-, before; see pro-2 + oimē, song. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This by the way; but what is more to the purpose is that my first grief for a beloved comrade had expressed itself in the words which were to form the "proem" of my first book --”
“Alemannus (p. 12, 13) understands of Theophanes as civil language, which does not imply either piety or repentance; yet two years after her death, St. Theodora is celebrated by Paul Silentiarius, (in proem.v. 58 40”
“Revolutionary growls and mutterings are common experiences to most intimate workers in the nether places of misery and grinding poverty, and the story told in the proem is but the synthesis of many such experiences.”
“Literary forms emerge say, the novel after Don Quixote, the proem, flash fiction, icky meta-fiction.”
“This long proem, prefixed to a work intended not to have any, may, however, serve to show how human purposes in the most trifling, as well as the most important affairs, are liable to be controlled by the course of events.”
“Kabul and the King of Khorasan appearing in the proem.”
“And the proem to book 6, in praising the city of Athens for the gifts of civilisation, adds that these are, nevertheless, dwarfed by that city's greatest gift to mankind, Epicurus and his philosophy.”
“At 1. 921-50 (lines which later recur in part as the proem to book 4)”
“Readers, as they progress further into the poem, are no doubt expected to accumulate the appropriate materials for understanding the proem as in tune with the true Epicurean message, but there is little agreement as to how this is meant to be achieved.”
“But in the proem to book 5 Epicurus is permitted to go beyond this paradigmatic role, and to become a heroic benefactor of mankind.”
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