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pseudepigraphy

[soo-duh-pig-ruh-fee]
noun
  1. the false ascription of a piece of writing to an author.
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Origin of pseudepigraphy

1835–45; pseud- + Greek epigraph(eús) title, ascription to an author (see epigraph) + -y3
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Historical Examples

  • Again it is a notable specimen of early Christian pseudepigraphy, and one which had manifold and far-reaching results.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4

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Word Origin and History for pseudepigraphy

n.

"ascription of false authorship to a book," 1842, probably via German or French, from pseudo- + epigraph + -y (1). Related: Pseudepigrapha; pseudepigraphic (1830); pseudepigraphical (1838); pseudepigraphal (1630s).

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