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origin story

[awr-i-jin stawr-ee, or-i-jin] /ˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn ˌstɔr i, ˈɒr ɪ dʒɪn/
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1.
a backstory, or established background narrative, that informs the identity and motivations of heroes and villains in a comic book or similar fictional work:
The superhero’s origin story begins with a tragic accident that left him scarred, but also resulted in his supernatural powers.
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  • It is usually incorporated in an origin story, such as “The Origin of Monkeys.”

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