explication de texte[ek splē kä syōnt tekst′]
explication de texte definition by Webster's New World
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an intensive scrutiny and interpretation of the interrelated details of a written work, esp. a literary one
explication de texte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ex·pli·ca·tions de texte
A method of literary criticism in which the interrelated details of a written work are examined and analyzed in an effort to understand its structure and discover meanings.
Origin: French : explication, explanation + de, of + texte, text.