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 for Proper preface
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preface \Pref"ace\ (?; 48), n. [F. pr['e]face; cf. Sp. prefacio,
     prefacion, It. prefazio, prefazione; all fr. L. praefatio,
     fr. praefari to speak or say beforehand; prae before + fari,
     fatus, to speak. See Fate.]
     1. Something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or
        written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an
        introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
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              This superficial tale
              Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak.
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              Heaven's high behest no preface needs. --Milton.
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     2. (R. C. Ch.) The prelude or introduction to the canon of
        the Mass. --Addis & Arnold.
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     Proper preface (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.), a portion
        of the communion service, preceding the prayer of
        consecration, appointed for certain seasons.
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     Syn: Introduction; preliminary; preamble; proem; prelude;
          prologue.
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