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WordNet 2.0
  • an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
  • an original model on which something is patterned
  • not derived or copied or translated from something else
  • "the play is original
  • not an adaptation"
  • "he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox"
  • "the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French"
  • preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed
  • "the original inhabitants of the Americas"
  • "the book still has its original binding"
  • "restored the house to its original condition"
  • "the original performance of the opera"
  • "the original
  • being or productive of something fresh and unusual
  • or being as first made or thought of
  • "a truly original approach"
  • "with original music"
  • "an original mind"
  • (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary
  • "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"
original
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine; as, the original state of man; the original laws of a country; the original inventor of a process.

    "His form had yet not lost All her original brightness." -- Milton.

    2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine; as, an original thought; an original process; the original text of Scripture.

    3. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive; as, an original genius.

    4. Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original matter.

    Original sin
    (Theol.), the first sin of Adam, as related to its consequences to his descendants of the human race; -- called also total depravity. See Calvinism.

  • 1. Origin; commencement; source.

    "It hath it original from much grief." -- Shak.

    "And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim." -- Addison.

    2. That which precedes all others of its class; archetype; first copy; hence, an original work of art, manuscript, text, and the like, as distinguished from a copy, translation, etc.

    "The Scriptures may be now read in their own original." -- Milton.

    3. An original thinker or writer; an originator. [R.]

    "Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals." -- C. G. Leland.

    4. A person of marked eccentricity. [Colloq.]

    5. (Zoöl. & Bot.) The natural or wild species from which a domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived; as, the wolf is thought by some to be the original of the dog, the blackthorn the original of the plum.

 

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.

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