pseudonym

[ sood-n-im ]
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noun
  1. a fictitious name used especially by an author to conceal their identity; pen name.

Origin of pseudonym

1
First recorded in 1840–50; from Greek pseudṓnymon “false name”; see pseud-, -onym

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The English noun pseudonym comes via the French adjective and noun pseudonym, in French originally meaning “(pertaining to) one who writes or publishes under an alias,” and then “(pertaining to) a name chosen by someone to conceal their identity.”
The Greek origin of pseudonym (and even of its parts) is pretty obvious: Greek pseudṓnymos “under a false name, falsely called” is a compound whose first element pseudo- “false, lying” is a combining form of pseûdos “a lie.” The second element -ṓnymos is a combining form deriving from the noun ónoma (Doric and Aeolic ónyma ) “name.”
The English noun appeared in the early 1800s, but the adjective pseudonymous was recorded more than a century earlier, in Edward Phillips’s 1706 dictionary New World of Words.

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pseudonym

/ (ˈsjuːdəˌnɪm) /


noun
  1. a fictitious name adopted, esp by an author

Origin of pseudonym

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C19: via French from Greek pseudōnumon

Derived forms of pseudonym

  • pseudonymity, noun

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