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Definition an explanation or critical interpretation — (in the past, especially of the Bible)
  • She wrote a straightforward story that requires no exegesis.
  • The talk is entitled From Exegesis to Exposition.
  • There is a simplicity that exists on the far side of complexity, and there is a communication of sentiment and attitude not to be discovered by careful exegesis of a text.
    Patrick Buchanan
  • I was revved up to do an extended exegesis on the triumphant transformation of a great picture book to vivid movie life.
    Time Magazine, 2008  --,28804,1868288_1868293_1868301,00.html (retrieved 09/18/09)
  • The modern clergyman has acquired in his study of the science which I believe is called exegesis an astonishing facility for explaining things away, but the subtlety with which the Rev. Robert Strickland has "interpreted" all the facts in his father's life which a dutiful son might find it inconvenient to remember must surely lead him in the fullness of time to the highest dignities of the Church.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • The feminist exegesis argues if the Koran originally was progressive, then it should not be allowed to become an apologia for backwardness.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • a couple' .... it's an important statement of your style") while Kitsey flitted from setting to setting: the gold band! no, the blue! wait .... which was the first one? is the octagonal too much? and the consultant chimed in with her helpful exegesis: urban geometrics .... romantic florals .... timeless elegance .... flamboyant flash .... and even though I'd kept saying sure, that one's fine, that one too, I'd be happy with either, your decision Kits, the consultant kept showing us more and...
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • ...much to level Saharas of fact, and not enough to picturesque detail; this throws about them a certain air of the monotonous; in fact the fights are all alike: a couple of people come together with great random —random is a good word, and so is exegesis, for that matter, and so is holocaust, and defalcation, and usufruct and a hundred others, but land! a body ought to discriminate—they come together with great random, and a spear is brast, and one party brake his shield and the other...
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Ignoring me, Frank went on with his scholarly exegesis.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Agreeing that horses were most interesting, I was treated to a detailed exegesis on the filly in the paddock, now standing drowsily at rest, tail twitching for the occasional fly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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