Definition of exegesis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌeksɪˈdʒiːsɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksɪˈdʒiːsɪs//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. exegeses
BrE BrE//ˌeksɪˈdʒiːsiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌeksɪˈdʒiːsiːz//
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the detailed explanation of a piece of writing, especially religious writing to provide an exegesis of a text biblical exegesis Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai ‘interpret’, from ex- ‘out of’ + hēgeisthai ‘to guide, lead’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exegesis