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preface

  

      n  
1    a statement written as an introduction to a literary or other work, typically explaining its scope, intention, method, etc.; foreword  
2    anything introductory  
3      (R.C. Church)   a prayer of thanksgiving and exhortation serving as an introduction to the canon of the Mass  
      vb   tr  
4    to furnish with a preface  
5    to serve as a preface to  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin praefatia, from Latin praefatio a saying beforehand, from praefari to utter in advance, from prae before + fari to say)  
  prefacer      n  
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preface

  
1   
      n   exordium, foreword, introduction, preamble, preliminary, prelude, proem, prolegomenon, prologue  
2   
      vb   begin, introduce, launch, lead up to, open, precede, prefix  

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