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pseudonym

noun pseu·do·nym \ˈsü-də-ˌnim\

: a name that someone (such as a writer) uses instead of his or her real name

Full Definition of PSEUDONYM

:  a fictitious name; especially :  pen name

Examples of PSEUDONYM

  1. Mark Twain is the pseudonym of the American writer Samuel L. Clemens.
  2. <the most notorious serial killer of the 19th century remains known only by the pseudonym of Jack the Ripper>

Origin of PSEUDONYM

French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos bearing a false name, from pseud- + onyma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1833

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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