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Nov 10, 2021
This week’s theme
Counterpart words

This week’s words
materteral
attrite
autonym
exoteric
spear side

autonym
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autonym

PRONUNCIATION:
(O-tuh-nim)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A person’s own name, as distinguished from a pseudonym.
2. A work published under the real name of the author.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek auto- (self) + -onym (name). Earliest documented use: 1854.

USAGE:
“If Macmillans refused then some other house should be tried. Why not send to F. Unwin -- it might do for the pseudonym series -- or autonym if you do not like the idea of a nom de guerre.”
Joseph Conrad; The Selected Letters of Joseph Conrad; Cambridge University Press; 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
As freely as the firmament embraces the world, / or the sun pours forth impartially his beams, / so mercy must encircle both friend and foe. -Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, poet and dramatist (10 Nov 1759-1805)

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