Pericope Definition

pə-rĭkə-pē
pericopes
noun

A passage, usually short, from a written work; esp., lection.

Webster's New World
An extract or selection from a book, especially a reading from a Scripture that forms part of a church service.
American Heritage

(rhetoric) A section of text forming a coherent thought, suitable for use in a speech.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Pericope

Noun

Singular:
pericope
Plural:
pericopes

Origin of Pericope

  • Late Latin pericopē from Greek perikopē a cutting around, section from perikoptein to cut around peri- peri- koptein to cut

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From late Latin pericope, from Greek περικοπή "˜section', from peri- + κοπή "˜cutting', from κόπτειν "˜to cut'.

    From Wiktionary

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