Prelection

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prelection A lecture or discourse read in public or to a select company. "The prelections of Faber."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prelection A lecture; a public discourse; a sermon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Prelection a lecture or discourse read to others
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praelectio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prælegĕrepræ, before, legĕre, lectum, to read.

Usage

In literature:

The first of these was Bishop Lowth's Prelections upon the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
Listen awhile to a learned prelection On Marcus Aurelius Cassiodorus.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Thus prelection appertaining to virtue and morality is now over.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Thus prelection appertaining to virtue and morality is now over.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
It was characteristic that he found the prelections on philosophy and logic specially tedious and distasteful.
"The Youth of Goethe" by Peter Hume Brown
The concluding words of the prelection were like the sound of the organ voluntary at twilight, when the worshippers are dispersing.
"Charles Dickens as a Reader" by Charles Kent
Meanwhile I went on with my prelection.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
He prelected on the Greek and Latin classics, and at morning worship the Bible was read in Hebrew.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
Was it reasonable to have assembled six, ten, or a dozen persons for the purpose of hearing a prelection?
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
Being in Rome, I was naturally desirous of seeing the Father, and hearing him prelect.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
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