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exegesis

Definition:

an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Derivatives:

exegetic | exegetical

Plural:

exegeses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Greek exēgēsis, explanation from exēgeisthai, to lead, explain from ex-, out +...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Exegesis

a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text. Traditionally the term was used primarily for exegesis of the Bible; however, in contemporary usage it has broadened to mean a critical explanation of any text, and the... (40 of 3987 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Exegesis

Exegesis (disambiguation)

extensive and critical interpretation of authoritative text, especially a religious text. Exegesis may also refer to: The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, a mystical autobiography by Philip K. Dick | Exegesis, a science fiction novel by Astro Teller |... (37 of 95 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Exegesis (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

exegesis [biblical interpretation]

the critical interpretation of the biblical text to discover its intended meaning. Both Jews and Christians have used various exegetical methods ... (21 of 961 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/197930​/exegesis

Collins Dictionary:

exegesis | exegesises [plural]

explanation or critical interpretation of a text, especially of the Bible (11 of 432 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Merriam-Webster:

exegesis | exegeses [plural] | exposition [synonym] | explanation [synonym] | clarification [synonym] | construction [synonym] | elucidation [synonym] | explication [synonym] | illumination [synonym] | ...

"exposition", "explanation" ; especially, an explanation or critical interpretation of a text (12 of 101 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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

Wiktionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

An exposition or explanation of a text, especially a religious one. (11 of 68 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/exegesis

Oxford Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural] | exegetic [derived] | exegetical [derived]

critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture (10 of 60 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/exegesis

New World Dictionary:

exegesis | exegesises [plural] | exegetic [related] | exegetically [adverb, related]

explanation, critical analysis, or interpretation of a word, literary passage, etc., especially in the Bible (15 of 58 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/exegesis

Macmillan British Dictionary:

exegesis [countable/uncountable, formal] | exegeses [plural]

an explanation that helps you to understand a piece of writing, especially one from the Bible (16 of 42 words, pronunciation)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text. (8 of 32 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/exegesis

Random House Dictionary:

exegesis | exegesises [plural]

critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible. (16 of 25 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/exegesis

Cambridge Dictionary:

exegesis [specialized] | exegeses [plural]

an explanation of a text, especially from the Bible, after its careful study (13 of 23 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/exegesis

Encarta Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

the explanation or interpretation of texts, especially religious writings | an explanation or interpretation of a specific text, especially a ... (19 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609711​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

exegesis | exegesises [plural]

Origin: Greek exēgēsis, explanation from exēgeisthai, to lead, explain from ex-, out + hēgeisthai, to lead, guide from ... (17 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/exegesis

Online Etymology:

exegesis

First use: 1610s

Origin: Greek exegesis "explanation, interpretation", from exegeisthai "explain, interpret", from ex "out" (see "ex-" (2)) + ... (16 of 23 etymology words)

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

Wiktionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἐξήγησις (eksēgēsis, "interpretation"), from ἐξηγέομαι (eksēgeomai, "I explain, interpret"), from ἐξ (eks, "out") + ἡγέομαι (hēgeomai, "I lead,... (20 of 20 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/exegesis

Merriam-Webster:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

First use: 1619

Origin: New Latin, from Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai to explain, interpret, from ex- + hēgeisthai to lead

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

Oxford Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai "interpret", from ex- "out of" + hēgeisthai "to guide, lead"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/exegesis

American Heritage Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

Origin: Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai, to interpret: ex-, ex- + hēgeisthai, to lead; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/exegesis

Collins Dictionary:

exegesis | exegesises [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Greek, from exēgeisthai to interpret, from ex-1 + hēgeisthai to guide

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

Encarta Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Greek exēgēsis from exēgeisthai "interpret" from hēgeisthai "to guide"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609711​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

exegesis | exegesises [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "exegesis"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

exegesis [countable/uncountable, formal] | exegeses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "exegesis"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

exegesis [countable/uncountable, formal] | exegeses [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "exegesis"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/exegesis

Cambridge Dictionary:

exegesis [specialized] | exegeses [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "exegesis"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "exegesis"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/exegesis

the Free Dictionary:

exegesis

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "exegesis"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "exegesis" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/exegesis

Google Dictionary:

exegesis | exegeses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "exegesis"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

exegesis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "exegesis"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=exeges​01 word=exegesis

YourDictionary Audio:

exegesis

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "exegesis" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/exegesis

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