1. a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display

    Synonyms : exhibition, expo
    Type Of : assemblage, aggregation, collection, accumulation
  2. a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic

    Synonyms : expounding
    Type Of : interpretation
  3. an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

    Type Of : account, explanation
    Examples :
    • we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background
  4. (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur

    Type Of : section, subdivision


  1. speed up the progress of; facilitate

    Synonyms : hasten
    Type Of : help, aid, assist
    Examples :
    • This should expedite the process
  2. process fast and efficiently

    Type Of : litigate, process, sue, action
    Examples :
    • I will try to expedite the matter


  1. a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

    Type Of : agency, means, way
  2. appropriate to a purpose; practical

    Examples :
    • in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty
  3. serving to promote your interest

    Antonyms : inexpedient
    Examples :
    • was merciful only when mercy was expedient


  1. a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

    Synonyms : exile, expat
    Type Of : absentee
    Examples :
    • American expatriates
  2. expel from a country

    Synonyms : deport, exile
    Antonyms : repatriate
    Type Of : throw out, expel, kick out
  3. move away from one's native country and adopt a new residence abroad

    Type Of : emigrate


  1. freeing from evil spirits

    Synonyms : dispossession
    Type Of : supernaturalism


  1. performed comprehensively and completely; not superficial or partial

    Synonyms : thorough, thoroughgoing
    Examples :
    • an exhaustive study


  1. clarify by giving an example of

    Synonyms : illustrate, instance
    Type Of : lucubrate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, dilate, elaborate
  2. be characteristic of

    Synonyms : represent
    Type Of : be, embody, personify


  1. being or serving as an illustration of a type

    Synonyms : emblematic, typic
    Examples :
    • an action exemplary of his conduct
  2. worthy of imitation

    Synonyms : model
    Examples :
    • exemplary behavior
  3. serving to warn

    Synonyms : admonitory, cautionary, monitory, warning
    Examples :
    • an exemplary jail sentence


  1. an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

    Type Of : interpretation


  1. of very poor quality or condition

    Synonyms : deplorable, miserable, woeful, wretched
  2. unequivocally detestable

    Synonyms : abominable, detestable, odious
    Examples :
    • execrable crimes
  3. deserving a curse

    Synonyms : damnable