prolegomenon
noun (plural prolegomena) Etymology: Greek, neuter present passive participle of prolegein to say beforehand, from pro- before + legein to say — more at legend Date: circa 1652 prefatory remarks; specifically a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work • prolegomenous adjective

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  • prolegomenon — (n.) 1650s, learned preamble to a book, from Gk. prolegomenon, neuter passive prp. of prolegein to say beforehand, from pro before (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + legein to speak (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture) (n.)) + suffix menos (as in …   Etymology dictionary

  • Prolegomenon — Prol e*gom e*non, n.; pl. {Prolegomena}. [ NL., fr. Gr. ?, properly neut. pass. p. pr. of ? to say beforehand; ? before + ? to say.] A preliminary remark or observation; an introductory discourse prefixed to a book or treatise. D. Stokes (1659).… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prolegomenon — (griech. für „Vorwort“, Plural: Prolegomena) bedeutet wortwörtlich „vorher Gesagtes“ als substantiviertes Partizip Präsens Passiv Neutrum von prolégein „vorher sagen“. Andere Bedeutungen: Vorbemerkungen und Vorreden zu wissenschaftlichen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • prolegomenon — index preamble, preface Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prolegomenon — pl. prologomena s.n. un eseu sau o discuţie critică menită să introducă şi să interpreteze scopul şi obiectivele unei lucrări de mari dimensiuni (un tratat sau o carte); introducere, preambul, prefaţă, preludiu, prolog, exordiu. [< participiul …   Dicționar Român

  • prolegomenon — [prō΄li gäm′ə nän΄, prō΄li gäm′ənən] n. pl. prolegomena [prō΄li gäm′ənə] [Gr, neut. pass. prp. of prolegein, to say beforehand < pro , before + legein, to speak: see PRO 1 & LOGIC] 1. a preliminary remark 2. [often pl., with sing. v.] a… …   English World dictionary

  • Prolegomenon — Vorbemerkung * * * Pro|le|go|me|non 〈n.; s, me|na〉 einführende Worte, Vorbemerkung, Vorwort [<grch. pro „vor“ + legein „sagen“] * * * Pro|le|go|me|non [auch: … gɔmenɔn], das; s, …mena [griech. prolegómenon = vorher Gesagtes, zu: prolégein =… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • prolegomenon — /proh li gom euh non , neuhn/, n., pl. prolegomena / neuh/. 1. a preliminary discussion; introductory essay, as prefatory matter in a book; a prologue. 2. Usually, prolegomena. (sometimes used with a sing. v.) a treatise serving as a preface or… …   Universalium

  • Prolegomenon — Pro|le|go|me|non [auch ... gɔ...] das; s, ...mena (meist Plur.) <aus gr. prolegómenon »vorher Gesagtes«, substantiviertes Part. Präs. Pass. (Neutrum) von prolégein »vorher sagen«> Vorwort, Einleitung, Vorbemerkung …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • prolegomenon — pro•le•gom•e•non [[t]ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, nən[/t]] n. pl. na ( nə). a preliminary or introductory commentary, esp. a scholarly preface or introduction to a book • Etymology: 1645–55; < NL < Gk prolegómenon, neut. pass. prp. of prolégein to… …   From formal English to slang

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