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  • n. An interpretation, especially of Scripture, that reflects the personal ideas or viewpoint of the interpreter; reading something into a text that isn't there. Compare exegesis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A subjective method of interpretation by introducing one's own opinions into the original: opposed to exegesis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas


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From Ancient Greek εἰς (eis, "into") and English exegesis. The English eisegesis is historically unrelated to the Ancient Greek εἰσήγησις ("proposing, advising").



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  • Congrats to Word of the Day, eisegesis. You have been among my favorites since I read “eisegesistic” some three years ago in Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun (or more specifically The Sword of the Lictor):

    “Anyway, for a long time—no one knows quite how long, I suppose, and anyway the world was not as near the sun’s failing then and its years were longer—these writings circulated or else lay moldering in cenotaphs where their authors had concealed them for safekeeping. They were fragmentary, contradictory, and eisegesistic. Then when some autarch (though they were not called autarchs then) hoped to recapture the dominion exercised by the first empire, they were gathered up by his servants, white-robed men who ransacked cocklofts and threw down the androsphinxes erected to memorialize the machines and entered the cubicula of moiraic women long dead. Their spoil was gathered into a great heap in the city of Nessus, which was then newly built, to be burned.”

    April 29, 2010

  • Consider Charles Kinbote in Pale Fire

    November 23, 2007