urtext

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ur- +‎ text.

Noun[edit]

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.
  2. (music) The original version of a piece of music, as created by the composer.