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Adj.1.prefatorial - serving as an introduction or preface
preceding - existing or coming before
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The prefatorial matter ends with three poems, signed by Philalethes (lover of truth), Philomathes (lover of knowledge), and Favour B, all perhaps written by Speght herself.
However, the prefatorial acknowledgments, which refer to the transformation of Ireland from a primarily Irish-speaking country to a primarily English-speaking country 'between the early sixteenth and the mid-nineteenth centuries' (p.
One can arguably read all of Book I as prefatorial pattern-setting for the extended climax, Xerxes' invasion.