n. pl. ex·e·ge·ses (-sēz)
Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
[Greek exēgēsis, from exēgeisthai, to interpret : ex-, ex- + hēgeisthai, to lead; see sāg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ex′e·getic (-jĕtĭk), ex′e·geti·cal adj.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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