pseudepigraphy

[ soo-duh-pig-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌsu dəˈpɪg rə fi /
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noun

the false ascription of a piece of writing to an author.

Origin of pseudepigraphy

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