from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beginning or introductory part, especially of a speech or treatise.
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- n. A beginning
- n. The introduction to a paper or discourse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Synonyms Proem; Prelude, Preface, etc. See introduction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse
 * Your exordium is the worst part of the translation.
The exordium is ridiculously turgid: If all the members of my body were changed into tongues, and if all my limbs resounded with
Chrysostom, tom.iii. p. 381 — 386, which the exordium is particularly beautiful.
Anyone who can’t figure out that this exordium is in jest and that the joke turns on the fact that Ann Coulter is not a moderate, is in severe need of remedial reading classes.
But if the preliminary declarations of the article (which would formerly have been called the exordium) are so markedly disinterested, what follows is generally much less so.
At present, since the exordium ought to be the main thing of all, we too will first of all give some precepts to lead to a system of opening a case properly.
We might recall the exordium, to which, in thought and to some extent in language, the great concluding doxology corresponds, while the two sections of the first part deal quite appropriately with the impressive words on the certainty of salvation and on God's exercise of providence and wisdom
But now orators call exordium anything with which they begin, and consider it of advantage to make the beginning with some brilliant thought.
His exordium is a specimen of the very worst possible taste in composition.
The exordium is a passionate address to Captains all; amongst whom, who can more properly be reckoned than Captain Andrew?