urtext

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See also: Urtext, ur-text, and Ur-text

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From ur- +‎ text.

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urtext (plural urtexts)

  1. A primitive, seminal, or prototypical example of an artistic genre or the basis of an ideological movement.
    • 2016 May 16, Johnathan Chait, “How Trump Has Revived the Republican Cult of Manliness”, in NYMag[1], retrieved December 1, 2017:
      The Weekly Standard ran an interminable series of essays lauding manliness and lamenting its demise at the hands of liberalism. Perhaps the Ur-text of this movement was a 2003 Jay Nordlinger op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.
    • 2019 October 15, Rebecca Alter, “Tell Us About It, Stud: HBO Max Orders Grease: Rydell High Musical Series”, in Vulture[2]:
      Paramount Television also produced the 2016 Vanessa Hudgens showcase Grease: Live for Fox, which had good ratings, was a critical success, and was the most exposure Jessie J had had in years. So it seems like this Ur-text of American horny teendom is in good hands.
  2. (music, linguistics, anthropology) The original version of a piece of music or text, as created by the composer or writer.

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