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Definition of Exposition


  1. The act of exposing or laying open; a setting out or displaying to public view.
  2. The act of expounding or of laying open the sense or meaning of an author, or a passage; explanation; interpretation; the sense put upon a passage; a law, or the like, by an interpreter; hence, a work containing explanations or interpretations; a commentary.
  3. Situation or position with reference to direction of view or accessibility to influence of sun, wind, etc.; exposure; as, an easterly exposition; an exposition to the sun.
  4. A public exhibition or show, as of industrial and artistic productions; as, the Paris Exposition of 1878.

Exposition Quotations

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
William Butler Yeats

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.
P. T. Barnum

Plot exposition that can be gently wound out by the authorial voice and internal monologue of a character in the length of a page has to be delivered in a matter of seconds on the stage.
Terry Pratchett

Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself.
John Searle

Of the people who cook on television, I have admired people like Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver and a few others because they are free of drama, display good taste and masterful technique, and use clear exposition to bring you up to speed.
Steve Albini
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Exposition Translations

exposition in Afrikaans is uitstalling
exposition in Danish is undstilling
exposition in Dutch is tentoonstelling, expositie
exposition in German is Ausstellung {f}
exposition in Latin is explicatus
exposition in Norwegian is utstilling
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