origin
noun Etymology: Middle English origine, from Latin origin-, origo, from oriri to rise — more at orient Date: 15th century 1. ancestry, parentage 2. a. rise, beginning, or derivation from a source b. the point at which something begins or rises or from which it derives <
the origin of the custom
>
; also something that creates, causes, or gives rise to another <
a spring is the origin of the brook
>
3. the more fixed, central, or larger attachment of a muscle 4. the intersection of coordinate axes Synonyms: 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
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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