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Definition of Origin


  1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
  2. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.
  3. The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to insertion.

Origin Quotations

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Marcus Garvey

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
William Wordsworth

When you think of it, really there are four fundamental questions of life. You've asked them, I've asked them, every thinking person asks them. They boil down to this; origin, meaning, morality and destiny. 'How did I come into being? What brings life meaning? How do I know right from wrong? Where am I headed after I die?'
Ravi Zacharias

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
Horace Mann

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
Francisco de Goya
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Origin Translations

origin in Afrikaans is oorsprong, herkoms
origin in Danish is oprindelse
origin in Dutch is oorsprong, afkomst, herkomst
origin in French is origine, provenance
origin in German is Ursprung, Anfang, Ursprung
origin in Hungarian is eredet
origin in Italian is origine, origine, principio
origin in Latin is primordium, ortus, origo, initium, satus, fons
origin in Portuguese is origem
origin in Spanish is procedencia, origen
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