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
All her original
2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine; as, an original
thought; an original
process; the original
text of Scripture.
3. Having the strength to suggest new
thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive; as, an original
4. Till unused or unknown; new; as, a book full
matter. Original sin, the first sin
of Adam, as related
to its consequences to his
descendants of the human
race; called also total
depravity. See Calvinism.
Origin: F. Original, L. Originalis.
1. Origin; commencement; source. "It hath it original
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
3. An original
thinker or writer; an originator. "Men who
at copying, yet
originals." (C. G. Leland)
4. A face
of marked eccentricity.
5. 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.
Origin: Cf. F. Original.
Source: Websters Vocabulary