Entertainment / Literature / Exposition: The use of authorial discussion to explain or summarize background material rather than revealing this information through gradual narrative detail. Often, this technique is considered unartful, especially when creative writers contrast showing (revelation through details) and telling (exposition). For example, a writer might use exposition by writing, 'Susan was angry when she left the house and climbed into her car outside.' That sentence is telling the reader about Susan, i.e., using exposition. In contrast, the writer might change this to the following version. 'Red-faced with nostrils flaring, Susan slammed the door and stomped over to her car outside.' Now, the writer is showing Susan's anger, rather than using exposition to tell the audience she's angry.

Other Words for Exposition

Exposition Verb Synonyms: exhibition, show(ing), presentation, display, demonstration, exhibit , expo
Exposition Noun Synonyms: paper, theme, article, essay, thesis, dissertation, treatise, disquisition, study, critique, commentary

Double Exposition

Entertainment / Music / Double Exposition: In the concerto, twofold statement of the themes, once by the orchestra and once by the soloist. MORE


Entertainment / Music / Fugue: A composition written for three to six voices. Beginning with the exposition, each voice enters at different times, creating counterpoint with one another. MORE


Entertainment / Music / Codetta: In sonata form, the concluding section of the exposition. Also a brief coda concluding an inner section of a work. MORE