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eisegesis

Definition:

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

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

eisegeses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Ancient Greek εἰς (eis, "into") and English exegesis. The English eisegesis is...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Eisegesis

the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that it introduces one's own presuppositions, agendas, and/or biases into and onto the text. The act is often used to "prove" a pre-held point of concern to the reader and to provide... (46 of 473 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Eisegesis

Collins Dictionary:

eisegesis | eisegesises [plural]

the interpretation of a text, especially a biblical text, using one's own ideas (13 of 256 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eisegesis

Wiktionary:

eisegesis | eisegeses [plural]

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. (25 of 84 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/eisegesis

Merriam-Webster:

eisegesis | eisegeses [plural]

the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one's own ideas (16 of 45 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/eisegesis

Random House Dictionary:

eisegesis | eisegesises [plural]

an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text. (22 of 31 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/eisegesis

Macmillan British Dictionary:

interpretation [countable/uncountable] | interpretations [plural] | be open to interpretation

an explanation of the meaning or importance of something | a way of performing a piece of music, a part in a play etc that shows how you understand it ... (29 of 134 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/interpretation

Oxford Dictionary:

interpretation | interpretational [derived]

the action of explaining the meaning of something | an explanation or way of explaining | a stylistic representation of a creative work or dramatic ... (23 of 91 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/interpretation

American Heritage Dictionary:

interpretation | interpretational [adjective, related]

The act or process of interpreting. | A result of interpreting. | An explanation or conceptualization by a critic of a work of literature, painting, ... (23 of 51 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interpretation

New World Dictionary:

interpretation | interpretational [adjective, related]

the act or result of interpreting; explanation, meaning, translation, exposition, etc. | the expression of a person's conception of a work of art, ... (22 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interpretation

Cambridge Dictionary:

interpretation [entry 1]

an explanation or opinion of what something means (8 of 51 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/interpretation 1

interpretation [entry 2]

a particular way of performing a piece of music, a part in a play, etc. (15 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/interpretation 2

Encarta Dictionary:

interpretation | interpretations [plural] | interpretational [adjective, derived]

an explanation or establishment of the meaning or significance of something | an ascription of a particular meaning or significance to something | the ... (22 of 124 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621965​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

eisegesis | eisegeses [plural]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/eisegesis

Online Etymology:

eisegesis

First use: 1878

Origin: the reading of one's own ideas into scripture, from Greek eis "in, into" + ending from "exegesis".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=eisegesis

Collins Dictionary:

eisegesis | eisegesises [plural]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Greek eis into, in + -egesis, as in exegesis

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eisegesis

Merriam-Webster:

eisegesis | eisegeses [plural]

First use: 1892

Origin: Greek eis into (akin to Greek en in) + English exegesis

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/eisegesis

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

eisegesis | eisegesises [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "eisegesis"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eisegesis

the Free Dictionary:

eisegesis

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "eisegesis"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "eisegesis"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/eisegesis

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

eisegesis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "eisegesis"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=eisege​01 word=eisegesis

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