from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A method of literary criticism in which the interrelated details of a written work are examined and analyzed in an effort to understand its structure and discover meanings.
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- n. a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
French : explication, explanation + de, of + texte, text.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)