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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Exordium  \Ex*or"di*um\  (-[u^]m),  n.;  pl  E.  {Exordiums} 
  (-[u^]mz),  L.  {Exordia}  (-[.a]).  [L.  fr  exordiri  to  begin  a 
  web,  lay  a  warp,  begin;  ex  out  +  ordiri  to  begin  a  web, 
  begin;  akin  to  E.  order  See  {Order}.] 
  A  beginning;  an  introduction;  especially,  the  introductory 
  part  of  a  discourse  or  written  composition,  which  prepares 
  the  audience  for  the  main  subject;  the  opening  part  of  an 
  oration.  ``The  exordium  of  repentance.''  --Jer.  Taylor. 
  ``Long  prefaces  and  exordiums.  ''  --Addison.