Part of speech: noun

An introduction, as of a discourse; prelude.

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Usage examples "exordium":

  1. For what is the Action, appears from the Stress and Turn of the Work, not from the Title or Exordium; from the End, not from the Beginning: And of This the Readers are to judge, as well as of any thing else. - "The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718)", Joseph Trapp.
  2. The effect of that exordium, delivered as he alone could have delivered it, must have been appalling. - "Daniel Webster", Henry Cabot Lodge.
  3. The words, so unexpected, so strangely different from the usual exordium, seemed to pass from line to line through the crowd. - "The Fortunate Youth", William J. Locke.