Dictionary: EX-IST' – EX-ON'ER-A-TING

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EX-IST', v.i. [egzist'; L. existo; ex and sisto, or more directly from Gr. ίστω, ίστημι, to set, place or fix, or σταω, L. sto, to stand, Sp. Port. estar, It. stare, G. stehen, D. staan, Russ. stoyu. The primary sense is to set, fix or be fixed, whence the sense of permanence, continuance.]

  1. To be; to have an essence or real being; applicable to matter or body, and to spiritual substances. A supreme being and first cause of all other beings must have existed from eternity, for no being can have created himself.
  2. To live; to have life or animation. Men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land.
  3. To remain; to endure; to continue in being. How long shall national enmities exist?


  1. The state of being or having essence; as, the existence of body and of soul in union; the separate existence of the soul; immortal existence; temporal existence.
  2. Life; animation.
  3. Continued being; duration; continuation. We speak of the existence of troubles or calamities, or of happiness. During the existence of national calamities, our pious ancestors always had recourse to prayer for divine aid.


Being; having being, essence or existence. The eyes and mind are fastened on objects which have no real being, as if they were truly existent. Dryden.


Having existence. [Not used.] Bp. Barlow.


Esteem. [Not used.]

EX'IT, n. [L. the third person of exeo, to go out. Literally, he goes out or departs. Hence,]

  1. The departure of a player from the stage, when he has performed his part. This is also a term set in a play, to mark the time of an actor's quitting the stage.
  2. Any departure; the act of quitting the stage of action or of life; death; decease. Swift.
  3. A way of departure; passage out of a place. Woodward.
  4. A going out; departure. Glanville.

EX-I'TIAL, or EX-I'TIOUS, a. [L. exitialis.]

Destructive to life. Homilies.


One who has been a legislator, but is not at present.


One who has been mayor, but is no longer in office.


One who has been minister, but is not in office.

EX'ODE, n. [Gr. εξοδιον. See Exodus.]

In the Greek drama, the concluding part of a play, or the part which comprehends all that is said after the last interlude. Anacharsis.

EX'O-DUS, or EX'O-DY, n. [Gr. εξοδος; εξ and ὁδος, way.]

  1. Departure from a place; particularly, the departure of the Israelites from Egypt under the conduct of Moses.
  2. The second book of the Old Testament, which gives a history of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.


Proceeding from office or authority.

EX-OFFICIO, adv. [Ex officio; L.]

By virtue of office, and without special authority. A justice of the peace may ex officio take sureties of the peace.


EX'O-GENE, n. [Gr. εξ and γενος.]

In botany, a plant whose stem is formed by successive additions to the outside of the wood. Lindley.


Growing by successive additions to the outside of the wood. Lindley.

EX'O-GLOSS, n. [Gr. εξω and γλωσσα, tongue.]

The popular name of a genus of fishes found in the American seas, whose lower jaw is trilobed, and the middle lobe protruded performs the office of a tongue.

EX-O-LETE, a. [L. exoletus.]

Obsolete. [Not in use.]


Laxation of the nerves. [Not in use.] Brown.

EX-OLVE, v.t.

To loose. [Not in use.]

EX-OM'PHA-LOS, n. [Gr. εξ and ομφαλος.]

A navel rupture.

EX-ON'ER-ATE, v.t. [egzon'erate; L. exonere; ex and onero, to load, onus, a load.]

  1. To unload; to disburden. The vessels exonerate themselves into a common duct. Ray. But more generally, in a figurative sense,
  2. To cast off, as a charge or as blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon the character as an imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or from the charge of avarice.
  3. To cast off; as an obligation, debt or duty; to discharge of responsibility or liability; as, a surety exonerates himself by producing a man in court.


Unloaded; disburdened; freed from a charge, imputation or responsibility.


Unloading; disburdening; freeing from any charge or imputation.