- Exegesis is defined as a critical analysis, interpretation or explanation of a written work.
A critical academic approach to biblical scripture is an example of exegesis.
Origin: Classical Greek exēgēsis, explanation ; from exēgeisthai, to lead, explain ; from ex-, out plush hēgeisthai, to lead, guide ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seg-, an unverified form sag-, to trace, suspect from source seek, Classical Latin sagire, to perceive quickly
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noun pl. ex·e·ge·ses
Origin: Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai, to interpret : ex-, ex- + hēgeisthai, to lead; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.