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A.Word.A.Day--auctorial

(ok-TOR-ee-uhl) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

This week's theme: Words about books

adjective: Pertaining to an author.

[From Latin auctor (author, creator), from augere (to create). Ultimately from the Indo-European root aug- (increase) which is also the source of auction, authorize, inaugurate, augment, august, auxiliary, and nickname ("a nickname" is a splitting of the earlier "an ekename", literally, an additional name).]

"[Edna] O'Brien's credo seems to be that the only revenge is to survive. Mind you, she does not shirk from taking her own auctorial revenge on those characters who did wrong by Nell."
Maire Crowe; Digging The Well of Loneliness; Irish Voice (New York); Aug 18, 1992.

See more usage examples of auctorial in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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