[soo-don-uh-muh s]


bearing a false or fictitious name.
writing or written under a fictitious name.

Origin of pseudonymous

1700–10; < Greek pseudṓnymos; see pseudonym, -ous
Related formspseu·don·y·mous·ly, adverbpseu·don·y·mous·ness, noun
Can be confusedanonymous pseudonymous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pseudonymous

Contemporary Examples of pseudonymous

Historical Examples of pseudonymous

  • Barbier's work deals with French anonymous and pseudonymous books.

  • But in spite of all, his pseudonymous correspondent interested him.


    J. K. Huysmans

  • Dr. Munro prints the pseudonymous letter with approval, but does not correct the inaccurate statement of the writer.

  • A pseudonymous person has "reconstituted" the story under the title of Lucien Leeuwen (the hero's name).

  • Ritson has aptly treated these pseudonymous translators as “men of straw.”

British Dictionary definitions for pseudonymous



having or using a false or assumed name
writing or having been written under a pseudonym
Derived Formspseudonymously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pseudonymous

1766, from Modern Latin pseudonymus, from Greek pseudonymos (see pseudonym). Related: Pseudonymously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper