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 (ĭn′sĭ-pĭt′, ĭng′kĭ-)
The opening words of a text, especially when used in place of a title to identify an otherwise untitled work.

[From Latin, third person sing. present tense of incipere, to begin; see inception.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) here begins: used as an introductory word at the beginning of some medieval manuscripts


(ˈɪn sɪ pɪt; Lat. ˈɪŋ kɪ pɪt)

the introductory words or opening phrase of a text or an opening phrase in liturgical music.
[1895–1900; < Latin: (here) begins, 3rd singular present indic. of incipere]
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This extraordinary handlist--lucid in conceptualization and meticulous in execution--includes inter alia the authors' birth and death dates, BHL or BHG numbers for each narrative, the date of composition for each narrative, its incipit and desinit, the names of dedicatees or patrons and notice of dedicatory letters and prefaces, present-day locations of manuscripts arranged by city of current location, and notice of printed editions.
L'interrogativo non banale che riguarda il cinema di Roberto Benigni, e che e opportuno porre come incipit, e se si verifichi una simbiosi tra il rigore interpretativo degli sketch, di cui il regista toscano e maestro, e la visione d'insieme dei suoi film.
Former welfare rights worker Eddie Fitzpatrick recognised the scale of the scandal and set up Incipit -- Latin for ``here begins'' -- this May to help people claim their rightful compensation on a no-win-no-fee basis.