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pamphlet

[pam-flit]
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noun
  1. a complete publication of generally less than 80 pages stitched or stapled together and usually having a paper cover.
  2. a short treatise or essay, generally a controversial tract, on some subject of contemporary interest: a political pamphlet.

Origin of pamphlet

1375–1425; late Middle English pamflet < Anglo-Latin panfletus, pamfletus, syncopated variant of Pamphiletus, diminutive of Medieval Latin Pamphilus, title of a 12th-century Latin comedy. See -et
Related formspam·phlet·ar·y, adjective
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pamphlet

noun
  1. a brief publication generally having a paper cover; booklet
  2. a brief treatise, often on a subject of current interest, published in pamphlet form

Word Origin

C14 pamflet, from Anglo-Latin panfletus, from Medieval Latin Pamphilus title of a popular 12th-century amatory poem from Greek Pamphilos masculine proper name
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Word Origin and History for pamphlet

n.

"small, unbound treatise," late 14c., from Anglo-Latin panfletus, popular short form of "Pamphilus, seu de Amore" ("Pamphilus, or about Love"), a short 12c. Latin love poem popular and widely copied in Middle Ages; the name from Greek pamphilos "loved by all," from pan- "all" + philos "loving, dear" see -phile). Meaning "brief work dealing with questions of current interest" is late 16c.

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