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Borrowed from Latin antigraphum, from Ancient Greek ἀντίγραφον (antígraphon, a transcribing); compare French antigraphe.


antigraph (plural antigraphs)

  1. (textual criticism) A manuscript from which a copy (apograph) is made.
    • 1989, William Veder, Texts of Closed Tradition – The Key to the Manuscript Heritage of Old Rus’:
      Following 1 above, it has been tacitly assumed that any manuscript book in C or R, irrespective of any change of antigraph, was equal to a manuscript text with uniform features, unless produced by more than one scribe, in which case the various parts were given separate treatment.
    • 2010, Nadia Ambrosetti, The “Pervasive Imprecision” of Manuscript Tradition:
      …once grouped the manuscripts into families, copied manuscripts can be discarded; only their antigraphs are considered, in order to perform the next step.
  2. (obsolete) A copy or transcript.