List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 275

SYNONYMS: origin, inception, source, root.
These nouns signify the point at which something originates.

Origin is the point at which something comes into existence: The origins of some words are unknown. When origin refers to people, it means parentage or ancestry: He was of mixed French and Scottish origin.
Inception is the beginning, as of an action or process: He was there at the inception of the litigation.
Source can refer to the point of origin of a stream or a river: The looked fro the Alpine sources of the Rhine. In another sense the term signifies the point at which something springs into being or from which it derives or is obtained: The one great original source of revenue is the wages of labor.
Root often denotes what is considered the fundamental cause of or basic reason for something: Lack of money is the root of all evil.

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