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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.


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


(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.


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.
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 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.
The exordia of Lauretta and Pampinea's stories, toward the end of the day, openly contrast the past with the present.
Comme vainement nous concluons aujourd'hui l'inclination et la decrepitude du monde par les arguments que nous tirons de nostre propre foiblesse et decadence, "Jamque adeo affecta est aetas, affectaque tellus"; ainsi vainement conlcuoit cettuy-la sa naissance et jeunesse, par la vigueur qu'il voyoit aux espris de son temps, abondans en nouvelletez et inventions de divers arts: "Verum, ut opinor, habet novitatem summa, recensque / natura est mundi, neque pridem exordia coepit: / quare etiam quaedam nunc artes expoliuntur, / nunc etiam augescunt, nunc addita navigiis sunt / multa.
4) Cum igitur misericors omnipotens que saluator ita susceptionis humanae moderaretur exordia, ut uirtutem inseparabilis a suo homine deitatis per uelamen nostrae infirmitatis absconderet, inlusa est securi hostis astutia, qui natiuitatem pueri in salutem humani generis procreati, non aliter sibi quam omnium nascentium putauit obnoxiam.
5) Desde un enfoque diferente, el del estudio de loci communes en prefacios de textos latinos de epoca tardia --incluidos los exordia de los panegiricos--, T.
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.