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pref|ace
pref|ace «PREHF ihs», noun, verb, -aced, -ac|ing.
–n.
1. an introduction to a book, writing, or speech: »

Does your history book have a preface written by the author?

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under introduction. (Cf.introduction)
2. Figurative. something preliminary or introductory: »

He…seemed to look upon a certain mass of disappointment as the natural preface to all realizations (Thomas Hardy).

3. Also, Preface. the introduction to the Cánon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
–v.t.
1. to introduce by written or spoken remarks; give a preface to.
2. to be a preface to; begin: »

A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every new page I have turned in life (Charlotte Brontë).

[< Old French preface, ultimately < Latin praefātiō < praefārī to preface, foretell < prae- before + fārī speak]

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