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Definition of "exposition" []

  • A setting forth of meaning or intent. (noun)
  • A statement or rhetorical discourse intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material. (noun)
  • The art or technique of composing such discourses. (noun)
  • Music The first part of a composition in sonata form that introduces the themes. (noun)
  • Music The opening section of a fugue. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exposition" in a sentence
  • "Yes, a good portion of the exposition is anecdotal, but he embeds it in a convincing statistical, comparative framework."
  • "Yet the whole history of the exposition is a record of discrimination against the colored people."
  • "(If you want to know how bad it's gotten, the term exposition is no longer sufficient."