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ex·pli·ca·tion de texte

 (ĕk-splē-kä-syôN də tĕkst′)
n. pl. ex·pli·ca·tions de texte (-syôN)
A method of literary criticism in which the interrelated details of a written work are examined and analyzed in an effort to understand its structure and discover meanings.

[French : explication, explanation + de, of + texte, text.]

explication de texte

(ɛksplikɑsjɔ̃ də tɛkst)
n, pl explications de texte (ɛksplikɑsjɔ̃ də tɛkst)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a close textual analysis of a literary work
[literally: explanation of (the) text]

ex•pli•ca•tion de texte

(ɛk spli kɑ syɔ̃ də ˈtɛkst)

n., pl. ex•pli•ca•tions de texte (ɛk spli kɑ syɔ̃ də ˈtɛkst)
a method of close analysis of a literary text concentrating on language, style, content, and textual interrelationships.
[1930–35; < French: explanation of text]
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Noun1.explication de texte - a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaningexplication de texte - a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
literary criticism, criticism - a written evaluation of a work of literature
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