/ˈsjuːdənɪm/ [sue-dough-nim]
A fictitious name, especially one used by an author.

Early 19th century from French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos, from pseudēs ‘false’ + onuma ‘name’.


Frank made a modest living selling barn burner romance novels using the pseudonym, Sue Downing. Nobody cared.


[This word is a substitute for the Lexico suggestion contronym which we have examined before. It made me think about the multitude of “-nym” words we have in English. I wonder how many there are?]

  • synonym
  • antonym
  • pseudonym
  • contronym

The floodgates are open. Let the deluge of answers begin.

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