Etymological Dictionaries: From the Renaissance to the 20th Century
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An etymological dictionary, that is a dictionary whose principal aim is to provide an index of the historical origins of words in a particular language, must be distinguished from a dictionary with incidental etymologies. Examples of the latter type represent a continuing prescriptivist tradition from antiquity, which held that knowing a word’s origin would provide insight into its ‘true’ meaning and was thus an important element in the prescript…

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Martin Huld, “Etymological Dictionaries: From the Renaissance to the 20th Century”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 22 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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