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ex·or·di·um

 (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.

exordium

(ɛkˈsɔːdɪəm)
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

ex•or•di•um

(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.

exordium

the beginning or introductory part of a book or other printed work, or of a discourse.
See also: Books, Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in classic literature ?
Similarly, in the case of speeches, the exordium is prior in order to the narrative.
It will readily be surmised from this exordium that--incredible as it may seem in a man of thirty--this was my first visit to Paris.
'Mr Varden,' returned the other, perfectly composed under this exordium; 'I beg you'll take a chair.
I trembled violently at his exordium, and my father continued-- "I confess, my son, that I have always looked forward to your marriage with our dear Elizabeth as the tie of our domestic comfort and the stay of my declining years.
There was something charmingly cordial and engaging in the manner in which after saying "Now, Handel," as if it were the grave beginning of a portentous business exordium, he had suddenly given up that tone, stretched out his honest hand, and spoken like a schoolboy.
He complicated this exordium by an exposition in which he painted the power and the deeds of the cardinal, that incomparable minister, that conqueror of past minister, that conqueror of past ministers, that example for ministers to come--deeds and power which none could thwart with impunity.