prolegomenon

[ proh-li-gom-uh-non, -nuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF prolegomenon
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The play, one feels, must remain unique, for the prolegomenon cannot be rewritten while the philosophy is unchanged.

The miscellanies really stand to the novels in the relation of a sort of prolegomenon.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "learned preamble to a book," from Greek prolegomenon, noun use of neuter passive present participle of prolegein "to say beforehand," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + legein "to speak" (see lecture (n.)) + suffix -menos (as in alumnus). The same sense is in preface (n.). Related: Prolegomenary; prolegomenous.

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