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[aw-ther-ship] /ˈɔ θərˌʃɪp/
origin, especially with reference to an author, creator, producer, etc., of a work:
establishing the authorship of early medieval manuscripts.
the occupation or career of writing books, articles, etc.
Origin of authorship
1700-10; author + -ship Unabridged
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  • Probably there will always be a body of short narrative pieces, their authorship and origin lost, preserved in outlying regions.
  • One measurable benchmark of progress has been book authorship.
  • The right of authorship should remain to the author.
  • If anything, the authorship question is about courage and intellectual honesty.
  • His ideas aim to reconceive the boundaries defining discipline and authorship.
  • But publication in the humanities continues to be predicated on the model of single authorship.
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journals is required, as well as authorship of books for certain types of promotion.
  • The problem here is scatterbrain editorship, not necessarily poor authorship.
  • The price of co-authorship is too high when it involves listening to a third grader's poem of the day-every day.
  • In exchange for ceding credit, he is freed from the obligations of authorship.
British Dictionary definitions for authorship


the origin or originator of a written work, plan, etc: a book of unknown authorship
the profession of writing books
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for authorship

c.1500, "the function of being a writer," from author (n.) + -ship. Meaning "literary origin" is attested from 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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