Synonyms for alpha

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This is but the Alpha of decency, the first step of progress.

These are the stars which we call Capricornus and Alpha Lyra.

The beginning is alpha and omega: the beginning and the end.

The radio will send back your reports on the Alpha Centaurian planets.

I don't know where it is, but it's somewhere on Poictesme, or in the Alpha System.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Took his finger off the button and there we were: Alpha Centauri.

The Valhalla was on the return leg of a journey to Alpha Centauri.

The child requires training from the Alpha to the Omega of life.

This is the Alpha and the Omega—the principle, the potency, and the act—of Mastership.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Latin alpha, from Greek alpha, from Hebrew or Phoenician aleph (see aleph). The Greeks added -a because Greek words cannot end in most consonants. Sense of "beginning of anything" is from late 14c., often paired with omega (last letter in the Greek alphabet) as "the end." Sense of "first in a sequence" is from 1620s. Alpha male was in use by c.1960 among scientists studying animals; applied to humans in society from c.1992.

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beginning

nounstart of an event or action
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