OTHER WORDS FROM pseudonymouspseu·don·y·mous·ly, adverbpseu·don·y·mous·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pseudonymousanonymous, pseudonymous
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What does pseudonymous mean?
Pseudonymous means having, using, or written under a pseudonym—a false or fictitious name, especially one used by an author.
The word is often used to describe a person who uses a pseudonym, as in the pseudonymous artist, or something attributed to a false name, as in her pseudonymous novels.
There are many reasons an author may choose to publish pseudonymously instead of under their own name, such as to avoid controversy or to create a persona. Many women authors throughout history have used a male or gender-neutral pseudonym to get their work published due to bias against women writers. A famous example is Mary Ann Evans, who used the pseudonym George Eliot.
The word pseudonym can refer to a fake or false name used by anyone, not just writers. It’s typically used so a person can remain anonymous. In legal proceedings, the pseudonymous titles John Doe, Jane Doe, Richard Roe, and Jane Roe are used in cases when a person’s name is being kept anonymous. Such names can also be called anonyms.
Example: It’s sometimes hard to tell whether pseudonymous posts are published by bots or real people.
Where does pseudonymous come from?
The first records of the word pseudonymous come from the early 1700s. The noun pseudonym is actually recorded later, in the 1800s. Both words come from the Greek pseudṓnymon, meaning “false name.” The prefix pseudo- means “false,” and -onym means “name” (it can also mean “word,” and is used in words like synonym and acronym).
Many famous writers published pseudonymously. Some famous ones are George Orwell (real name Eric Arthur Blair), Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), and Evelyn Waugh (real name Arthur St. John). Authors use pseudonyms for many reasons. Sometimes, a famous author uses a pseudonym to publish a work in a genre that’s different from the one they’re known for, like when Agatha Christie published non-mystery novels as Mary Westmacott. Or just to write more books, like Stephen King did with the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
Sometimes, the fake name is intended to create a persona, such as Diedrich Knickerbocker (real name Washington Irving), Dr. Suess (real name Theodor Geisel), or Lemony Snicket (real name Daniel Handler).
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Pseudonymous is especially used to describe the works of writers who use pseudonyms.
James Lasdun on turning down Doris Lessing's pseudonymous novel for publication, and rediscovering her decades later: http://t.co/yCgbP61JGq
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) July 23, 2013
Except that Kierkegaard also wrote just as many works – more, actually – under his own name throughout (and beyond) the entire duration of the pseudonymous works, and spent a great deal of time writing nonpseudonymously in his journals and notebooks as well.
— Always Kierkegaarding (@AKierkegaarding) April 11, 2020
Went down a long twisted rabbit hole writing this story regarding #satoshinakamoto– the pseudonymous creator of #bitcoin. Rumor has it there might be a Netflix documentary in the works- that would be awesome! https://t.co/VEzyvvUMxs
— Erika Hanson (@erikahans2736) August 17, 2020
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I prefer her pseudonymous works to those written under her real name.
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TechCrunch obtained the email from a pseudonymous Twitter account that goes by the handle Bar Exam Tracker.Applicants say a DC Bar website bug exposed their personal data and background checks|Zack Whittaker|September 30, 2020|TechCrunch
Speaking to The Guardian about Banksy's work, Hirst praised the pseudonymous graffiti artist.
“Every day we have more responsibilities,” says Malath Aumran, a pseudonymous activist working from the same apartment.Syria's Immovable Forces: Activists, Regime Dig In|Mike Giglio|June 9, 2011|DAILY BEAST
That's what John Ensign is really worried about now—not the contents of his several pseudonymous email inboxes.The 12 Juiciest Bits From the Ensign Sex Scandal Report|David A. Graham|May 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Pseu′donym, a fictitious name assumed, as by an author; Pseudonym′ity, state of being pseudonymous.
Such is the ejaculatory formula in which public curiosity gives vent to its ignorant impatience of pseudonymous renown.Thackerayana|William Makepeace Thackeray
Not feeling called upon to decide who is the victor in the tilt, we merely lift the pseudonymous veil concealing the champions.The Cross of Berny|Emile de Girardin
These Fables, Mr. Nutt informs me, are a pseudonymous production probably of the sixteenth century.Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales|Various
The latter gentleman had thus the means of identifying by comparison, the handwriting of the pseudonymous letter.