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origin

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of origin

  1. 1 a point or place at which something is invented or provided the origins of human language remain a matter of considerable debate Synonyms of origin cradle, font, fountain, fountainhead, source, root, seedbed, spring, well, wellspringWords Related to origin beginning, commencement, dawn, day one, genesis, get-go (also git-go), inception, incipience, incipiency, kickoff, launch, morning, nascence, nascency, onset, outset, start, threshold; baseline, first base, ground zero, square one

  2. 2 the source from which something grows or develops the origin of the tradition of giving presents at Christmastime Synonyms of origin fountainhead, germ, seed, root, seedbedWords Related to origin font, fountain, spring, well, wellhead, wellspring; beginning, birth, commencement, dawn, genesis, inception, incipiency, launch, morning, onset, outset, start, threshold; creation, inauguration, origination

  3. 3 the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended they could trace their origins back 15 generations Synonyms of origin birth, blood, bloodline, breeding, descent, extraction, family tree, genealogy, line, lineage, ancestry, parentage, pedigree, stock, strainWords Related to origin heredity, succession; family, house; kin, kindred, relations, relatives; raceNear Antonyms of origin offspring; child, heir, inheritor, son, successorAntonyms of origin issue, posterity, progeny, seed

Synonym Discussion of origin

origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being.
    • an investigation into the origin of baseball
source applies more often to the point where something springs into being.
    • the source of the Nile
    • the source of recurrent trouble
inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes.
    • the business has been a success since its inception
root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned.
    • the real root of the violence

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