One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A false or erroneous opinion, notion, or belief, especially one contrary to orthodox thinking.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From Hellenistic Greek ψευδόδοξος holding a false opinion from ancient Greek ψευδο- + δόξα opinion. As noun perhaps formed independently from pseudo- + -dox.
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