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It was displayed at the famous exposition in Paris in 1900.
  a systematic interpretation or explanation of a specific topic


a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) on public display
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exposition expositions expositor
Strongly Associated with:   expository
Today, "expo" is often used as a shortened form of "exposition" for the sense of "things on public display".
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  • It was displayed at the famous exposition in Paris in 1900.
  • we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background
  • When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
    Encircled you to hear with reverence
    Your exposition on the holy text
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 2
  • He worked away for an hour, all the while delivering an exposition on the art of chopping wood.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon

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  • A most courteous exposition.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me; I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • His notebooks were marvels of scholarly exposition.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Everything seemed so simple and clear in Speranski’s exposition that Prince Andrew involuntarily agreed with him about everything.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Yes, you see-" A voluble exposition followed.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • It doth appear you are a worthy judge; You know the law; your exposition Hath been most sound; I charge you by the law, Whereof you are a well-deserving pillar, Proceed to judgment.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice

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  • Let us complete this exposition.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For one short hour you are permitted to drink in the eternal beauty of the old masters without needless interpretation or exposition.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • JIM: Well, it was quite a wonderful exposition.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • He was in the midst of his exposition when the door from the corridor opened slowly and without noise.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He stood as though he was testing his exposition.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • They were in the towns in harvest time, near the lumber camps in the winter, in the cities when the men came there; if a regiment were encamped, or a railroad or canal being made, or a great exposition getting ready, the crowd of women were on hand, living in shanties or saloons or tenement rooms, sometimes eight or ten of them together.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • How King Arthur being shipped and lying in his cabin had a marvellous dream and of the exposition thereof.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • 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 ministers, that example for ministers to come—deeds and power which none could thwart with impunity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As for Tom’s Bible, though it had no annotations and helps in margin from learned commentators, still it had been embellished with certain way-marks and guide-boards of Tom’s own invention, and which helped him more than the most learned expositions could have done.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Bible, like many ancient texts, is a detailed exposition of the most sophisticated machine ever created …. the human mind.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • How King Arthur being shipped and lying in his cabin had a marvellous dream and of the exposition thereof.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Reference was at first made to the chaplain for an exposition of its contents.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The exposition, rather long and rather empty, that is to say, according to the rules, was simple; and Gringoire, in the candid sanctuary of his own conscience, admired its clearness.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Always didactic, he went into a learned exposition of the diabolical properties of cinnabar, but Ursula paid no attention to him, although she took the children off to pray.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A hastily prepared supper was brought in, and Clare made further exposition of his plans.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • There were no practical hints to interrupt the magic current of phrases, unless a kind of note at the foot of the last page, scrawled evidently much later, in an unsteady hand, may be regarded as the exposition of a method.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Mr. Bounderby being restrained by this mild suggestion, Mr. Gradgrind found an opening for his eminently practical exposition of the subject.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Then he abused her, and went into passionate exposition of his stuff.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • No, those papers weren’t the type of smart, dispassionate exposition he’ll need to excel, not the kind of collegiate prose that attaches carefully qualified examples to broad principles.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Mr. Tulliver had listened to this exposition of Maggie’s with petrifying wonder.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But they sometimes stopped short of the complete exposition of their thought, and then sought to invent a phrase that might express it all the same.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Poor Dolly’s exposition of her simple Raveloe theology fell rather unmeaningly on Silas’s ears, for there was no word in it that could rouse a memory of what he had known as religion, and his comprehension was quite baffled by the plural pronoun, which was no heresy of Dolly’s, but only her way of avoiding a presumptuous familiarity.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Then again Joe plunged into the exposition of his idea.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Ippolit Kirillovitch had chosen the historical method of exposition, beloved by all nervous orators, who find in its limitation a check on their own eager rhetoric.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • And as for the case of the daughter (which is one degree more complicated), the following passage will suffice for the present thumbnail exposition.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And who do you think they were?" said Caleb, taking a pinch of snuff and holding it up between his fingers, as if it were a part of his exposition.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Mr. Calhoun’s clear and powerful exposition would have had something of a decisive effect if it had not been so soon followed by Mr. Webster’s masterly playing.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I must say and express fully the following points: first, exposition of the value to be attached to public opinion and to decorum; secondly, exposition of religious significance of marriage; thirdly, if need be, reference to the calamity possibly ensuing to our son; fourthly, reference to the unhappiness likely to result to herself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • In each successive chamber that they enter, Mrs. Rouncewell, who is as upright as the house itself, rests apart in a window-seat or other such nook and listens with stately approval to Rosa’s exposition.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • To this exposition he was obliged to attend near a quarter of an hour, though with great violence to his natural impetuosity, before he was suffered to speak.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • All interpretation, all psychology, all attempts to make things comprehensible, require the medium of theories, mythologies and lies; and a self-respecting author should not omit, at the close of an exposition, to dissipate these lies so far as may be in his power.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • This, according to Bellarmines exposition, is, that Christ gave here to Simon Peter two priviledges: one, that neither his Faith should fail, neither he, nor any of his successors should ever define any point concerning Faith, or Manners erroneously, or contrary to the definition of a former Pope: Which is a strange, and very much strained interpretation.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Next to arms, eloquence offers the great avenue to popular favor, whether it be in civilized or savage life, and Rivenoak had succeeded, as so many have succeeded before him, quite as much by rendering fallacies acceptable to his listeners, as by any profound or learned expositions of truth, or the accuracy of his logic.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • …sense of their laws; and they argue thus: all laws are promulgated for this end, that every man may know his duty; and, therefore, the plainest and most obvious sense of the words is that which ought to be put upon them, since a more refined exposition cannot be easily comprehended, and would only serve to make the laws become useless to the greater part of mankind, and especially to those who need most the direction of them; for it is all one not to make a law at all or to couch it in…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • His exposition of idealism was founded on the teachings of Socrates.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Yurii Andreievich found it hard to follow his exposition of them.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Lounsbury was also an adept and favorite expositor.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The confidence she felt in her own powers of exposition was a motive force that overcame all resistance.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Yea forsooth, said Sir Bors, all your exposition and declaring of my dream I have well understood and heard.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Richard Harding Davis called the exposition "the greatest event in the history of the country since the Civil War."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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