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original

[uh-rij-uh-nl] /əˈrɪdʒ ə nl/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning:
The book still has its original binding.
2.
new; fresh; inventive; novel:
an original way of advertising.
3.
arising or proceeding independently of anything else:
an original view of history.
4.
capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner:
an original thinker.
5.
created, undertaken, or presented for the first time:
to give the original performance of a string quartet.
6.
being something from which a copy, a translation, or the like is made:
The original document is in Washington.
noun
7.
a primary form or type from which varieties are derived.
8.
an original work, writing, or the like, as opposed to any copy or imitation:
The original of this is in the British Museum.
9.
the person or thing represented by a picture, description, etc.:
The original is said to have been the painter's own house.
10.
a person whose ways of thinking or acting are original:
In a field of brilliant technicians he is a true original.
11.
Archaic. an eccentric person.
12.
Archaic. a source of being; an author or originator.
Origin of original
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin orīginālis (adj.) and Medieval Latin orīgināle original document (noun use of neuter adj.), equivalent to orīgin- (see origin) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
nonoriginal, adjective, noun
nonoriginally, adverb
preoriginal, adjective
preoriginally, adverb
quasi-original, adjective
quasi-originally, adverb
unoriginal, adjective
unoriginally, adverb
Synonyms
1. primary, primordial, primeval, primitive, aboriginal. 7. archetype, pattern, prototype, model.
Antonyms
7. copy.
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  • For they are as hollow as a drum and as unoriginal as a bride-cake: nothing but vacuity with an icing of phrases.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • The advertising writer is the most unoriginal creature imaginable.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • But the style of most of them is unoriginal, being merely an echo of that of the English Lake School.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • He would return a purse, I am sure, upon discovering that he had obtained it by an unoriginal diddle.

  • And so on—respectable answers, unoriginal but having the sanction of history, of just and generous minds.

  • The version, though offering many interesting features, is too late and unoriginal to be of use in the present investigation.

British Dictionary definitions for unoriginal

unoriginal

/ˌʌnəˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
not fresh and unusual

original

/əˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an origin or beginning
2.
fresh and unusual; novel
3.
able to think of or carry out new ideas or concepts
4.
being that from which a copy, translation, etc, is made
noun
5.
the first and genuine form of something, from which others are derived
6.
a person or thing used as a model in art or literature
7.
a person whose way of thinking is unusual or creative
8.
an unconventional or strange person
9.
the first form or occurrence of something
10.
an archaic word for originator See originator
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Word Origin and History for unoriginal
adj.

1660s, "having no origin, uncreated," from un- (1) "not" + original (adj.). Meaning "derivative, second-hand" is recorded from 1774.

original

adj.

early 14c., "first in time, earliest," from Old French original "first" (13c.) and directly from Latin originalis, from originem (nominative origo) "beginning, source, birth," from oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The first reference is in original sin "innate depravity of man's nature," supposed to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall. Related: Originally.

n.

"original text," late 14c., from Medieval Latin originale (see original (adj.)). Of photographs, films, sound recordings, etc., from 1918.

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