Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is in the sexual passions we must seek the origins of all social growth.

These origins are certainly very frivolous and very fabulous.

The dates of their writing are far apart, their origins are various.

The origins of the middle story, The Secret Sharer, are quite other.

But the mere difference of their origins made it wildly improbable.

The origins of painting in China are mingled with the origins of writing.

This by no means indicates that purely Indian origins might not be found for it.

Even the existing understanding about origins is very far from universal.

The origins of this mode of thought are difficult to trace fully.

If it is a question of origins, the origin is always the same, whatever we say about it.


c.1400, "ancestry, race," from Old French origine "origin, race," and directly from Latin originem (nominative origo) "a rise, commencement, beginning, source; descent, lineage, birth," from stem of oriri "to rise, become visible, appear" (see orchestra).