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Meaning of exordium

ex•or•di•um

Pronunciation: (ig-zôr'dē-um, ik-sôr'-), [key]
— pl. -di•ums, -di•a
  1. the beginning of anything.
  2. the introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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