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 (ĭg-zôr′dē-əm, ĭk-sôr′-)
n. pl. ex·or·di·ums or ex·or·di·a (-dē-ə)
A beginning or introductory part, especially of a speech or treatise.

[Latin, from exōrdīrī, to begin : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + ōrdīrī, to begin; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·or′di·al adj.
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n, pl -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
(Rhetoric) an introductory part or beginning, esp of an oration or discourse
[C16: from Latin, from exōrdīrī to begin, from ōrdīrī to begin]
exˈordial adj
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(ɪgˈzɔr di əm, ɪkˈsɔr-)

n., pl. -di•ums, -di•a (-di ə)
an introductory part, as of an oration or treatise.
[1525–35; < Latin exōrdium <exōrd(īrī) to begin]
ex•or′di•al, adj.
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the beginning or introductory part of a book or other printed work, or of a discourse.
See also: Books, Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Noun1.exordium - (rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse
rhetoric - study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
introduction - the first section of a communication
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Demosthenes in his Exordia admonishes the Athenians:
Early Frankish cenobitic monks, on the other hand, always emphasised moments of foundation and exordia. Further back in the sixth century, we find the stirrings of creative memory in Frankish imaginings of martyrs and the veneration of relics.
Mr Robinson, who also owns North East firm Exordia Training Ltd, plans to expand the business into new areas and, over the next 18 months, establish a catering academy to train young people, providing apprenticeships and job opportunities within the hospitality industry.
Exordia will support the delivery of the programme, working closely with Martin Harris, the Lloyd Group training manager.
The exordia of Lauretta and Pampinea's stories, toward the end of the day, openly contrast the past with the present.
The other, a 1605 manuscript from the Real Colegio-Seminario de Corpus Christi, is the reverse: texts come straight from the 1568 Roman breviary, but analysis of the exordia, setting of Hebrew letters, and recitation tones shows broad musical influences from Saragossa and, less commonly, Toledo and Rome.
In authorial exordia, invocations, prologues and comments, the reader finds ample proof of an epic conception of the works.
In "Sedition, Chartism and Epic Poetry in Thomas Cooper's The Purgatory of Suicides," Stephanie Kuduk observes that The Purgatory's opening passages versified the oration for which Cooper was tried and imprisoned in 1843, and interprets the work as a defiant apologia which set out Cooper's dream vision of a new republican democracy, pondered ways and means in which "the Many [might] cease their slavery to the Few," and recast epic conventions through dialogues, conversations, exordia, and dream-visions, to make Chartism "the central story of the nation."
Moreover, the poem abounds in its use of rhetorical devices, among them apostrophes, antiphrases, philippics, ekphrases, exordia, prosopopeia of various sorts, allegorical representations (some of them "explained" by the speaker), all generally organized upon the epideictic modes of praise and blame.