exordium [ig-zawr-dee-uh m, ik-sawr-]
noun, plural exordiums, exordia [ig-zawr-dee-uh, ik-sawr-]
1. the beginning of anything.
2. the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.
Origin: 1525-35; < Latin exōrdium, equivalent to ex- ex-+ ōrd (īrī) to begin + -ium -ium
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