From pseudonymous, from French pseudonyme (“having a false name”), from Ancient Greek ψευδώνυμος (pseudṓnumos), from ψευδής (pseudḗs, “false”) and ὄνυμα (ónuma), from ὄνομα (ónoma, “name”). Alternatively, analyzable as pseudo- + -onym.
pseudonym (plural pseudonyms)
- A fictitious name, often used by writers and movie stars.
- The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
- c1911 — H. G. Wells, The Obliterated Man
- I doubt, indeed, whether I should not abandon the struggle altogether-- leave this sad world of ordinary life for which I am so ill fitted, abandon the name of Cummins for some professional pseudonym, complete my self-effacement, and--a thing of tricks and tatters, of posing and pretence--go upon the stage.
- 1928 — H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature
- The best example of its literary use so far are the German novel The Golem, by Gustav Meyrink, and the drama The Dybbuk, by the jewish writer using the pseudonym "Ansky".