Definition of fons et origo in English:

fons et origo


  • The source and origin of something.

    ‘they recognized the sixties as the fons et origo of music as they knew it’
    • ‘Although cult images are recognized as the fons et origo of superstition and error, the legislation is unequivocal about saving them.’
    • ‘The fons et origo of authority in that system - corporal punishment - will be absent from the series in spite of cane-flexing publicity photographs.’
    • ‘Sir Walter Scott's Waverley of 1814 is in many ways the fons et origo of the nineteenth-century historical novel.’
    • ‘At Cheltenham the sport is the fons et origo of the entire three days.’
    • ‘Water is the universal congress of potentialities, the fons et origo, which precedes all form and all creation.’
    • ‘It started with a spurt, from the heart I assume (the fons et origo of emotion according to experts).’
    beginning, start, origination, genesis, birth, dawning, dawn, emergence, inception, launch, creation, birthplace, cradle, early stages, conception, inauguration, foundation, outset
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Latin, originally as fons et origo mali the source and origin of evil.


fons et origo

/ˌfɒnz ɛt ˈɒrɪɡəʊ//fɒnz ɛt ɒˈrʌɪɡəʊ/