AskDefine | Define exposition

Dictionary Definition



1 a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic [syn: expounding]
2 a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display [syn: exhibition, expo]
3 an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse; "we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɛkspǝʊ'zıʃǝn/


Adopted from the lang=fr, itself an adaptation of the exponere.


  1. The action of putting something out to public view; for example in a display or show.
  2. The act of declaring or describing something through either speech or writing.
  3. The act of expulsion, or being expelled, from a place.
  4. In the context of "writing": An essay or speech in which any topic is discussed in detail.
  5. In the context of "writing": A technique used in fiction, including novel, play, and movie, by which background information about the characters, events, or setting is conveyed.

Related terms


action of putting something out to public view
  • Czech: výstava
essay or speech in which any topic is discussed in detail
  • Esperanto: ekspozicio
  • German: Ausstellung
  • Portuguese: exposição
  • Romanian: expoziţie
  • Russian: выставка
  • Slovak: expozícia
  • Spanish: exposición



  • /ɛkspɔzisjɔ̃/|lang=fr


fr-noun f

Extensive Definition

Exposition may refer to:

See also

exposition in Czech: Expozice
exposition in German: Exposition
exposition in French: Exposition
exposition in Italian: Esposizione
exposition in Slovak: Expozícia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allegorization, anacrusis, apocalypse, article, assignment, auto show, baring, bass passage, bazaar, boat show, bourdon, bridge, burden, cadence, causerie, chalk talk, chorus, clarification, coda, commentary, commercial complex, construction, cosmorama, cracking, critique, cyclorama, decipherment, declaration, decoding, delineation, demonstration, demythologization, descant, description, development, diorama, disclosing, disclosure, discourse, discovering, discovery, discussion, display, disquisition, dissertation, division, editing, elucidation, emendation, emporium, enactment, enlightenment, enunciation, essay, etude, euhemerism, examination, excursus, exegesis, exemplification, exercise, exhibit, exhibition, explanation, explication, expo, expose, exposure, expounding, fair, feature, figure, first approach, flea fair, flea market, folderol, georama, harangue, harmonic close, homework, homily, illumination, illustration, instruction, interlude, intermezzo, interpretation, introductory phrase, introductory study, laying bare, lecture, lecture-demonstration, lesson, light, light show, lucubration, manifestation, market, market overt, marketplace, mart, measure, memoir, monograph, moral, moral lesson, morality, moralization, morceau, movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, myriorama, note, object lesson, open market, opening, ornament, ostentation, outline, pageant, pageantry, pandect, panorama, paper, parade, paragraph, part, passage, patefaction, performance, period, phantasmagoria, phrase, piece, plaza, pomp, preachment, preliminary study, presentation, presentment, production, projection, prolegomenon, psychedelic show, rationale, reason, recital, recitation, refrain, removing the veil, representation, research paper, resolution, response, retrospective, revealing, revealment, revelation, rialto, ritornello, screed, section, sermon, set task, shifting scene, shopping center, shopping mall, shopping plaza, show, showing, showing up, showup, sight, simplification, sketch, skull session, solution, special article, spectacle, stage show, stanza, staple, statement, strain, street market, stripping, study, survey, tableau, tableau vivant, tailpiece, talk, task, teaching, term paper, theme, thesis, tract, tractate, trade fair, treatise, treatment, tutti, tutti passage, uncloaking, uncovering, unfolding, unfoldment, unlocking, unmasking, unveiling, unwrapping, variation, varnishing day, vernissage, verse
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1