from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of opening, unfolding, or explaining; explanation; exposition; interpretation.
  • n. The sense given by an expositor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of opening, unfolding, or explaining; explanation; exposition; interpretation.
  • n. The sense given by an expositor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of unfolding or opening.
  • n. Explanation; especially, an exposition of the meaning of any sentence or passage.

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

  • n. the act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc.
  • n. a detailed explanation of the meaning of something


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  • I daresay there's many "world junkies" whose interest in explication doesn't rule out (i.e. over-ride completely) a liking for exploitative and excusatory modes and their results.

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  • If you really believe as you say, then again, it seems the burden of explication is on you, for you make a claim that flies in the face of the experience of many here.


  • A "poem," he says in explication of the theme of eternality expressed above, "is the creation of actions according to the unchangeable forms of human nature, as existing in the mind of the creator, which is itself the image of all other minds" (485).

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  • After an editorial introduction about the dominant method of clarifying concepts and principles in philosophy of science, called explication, the first five chapters deal with the following subjects.

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  • The incomparable scholar Rashi, whose phrase-by-phrase explication of the oral law has been included in every printing of the Talmud since the fifteenth century, was also a spiritual and religious leader.

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  • "The gospel is the power of God to salvation, to every one that believeth, because therein the righteousness of God is revealed;" that is, his great grace and mercy in the justification and pardon of sinners by Jesus Christ, which I have already shewn to be meant by "the righteousness of God," by comparing this with the explication which is given of "the righteousness of God," (chap.iii. ver.

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  • Given such a cultural climate, it seems like some explication, by someone, is sorely needed.

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  • This explication, here's an example of that from a game called "Mass Effect."

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  • The realization that something is there that needs explication crystallizes unpredictably.

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  • From here, Walcott launches into a detailed six-page explication of his initial and final word choices for "XLVIII," later included in his collection "Midsummer."

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