from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of author.


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  • The Emperor Marcian in his first letter to Leo I declares that the success of the intended synod depends on his -- the pope's -- authorization, and Leo, not Marcian, is later called the auctor synodi without any restrictive qualification, especially at the time of the "Three Chapters" dispute, where the extension of the synod's authority was called in question.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Mauris libero nibh, auctor quis volutpat et, interdum ac leo.

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  • Rector humani generis et auctor, nobis aeternum tribue benigne scandere caelum.

    September 29: The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

  • (Iconium), “Multa seges sepulchralium quæ virorum ex omni ævo doctissimorum exuvias condunt, mille et unum recenset auctor Libri qui inscribitur Hassaaer we jek mesaar (Hazár ve yek Mezár), i.e., mille et unum mausolea.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This counsel was embraced, factum est, and it was registered forthwith, Et sic bona sententia mansit, malus auctor mutatus est.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Landino as commentator becomes an auctor, and is divinely inspired just like Dante.

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  • Opera omnia ¦ haetenus edita auctor ante obitum recensuit ¦ posthuma vero, totius naturae explicationem complectentia, in lucem nunc primum prodeunt ex bibliotheca ¦ Henrici-Ludovici-Haberti Mon-Morii ¦ [Accessit Samuelis Sorberii praefatio, in qua de vita et moribus Petri Gassendi disseritur.]

    Pierre Gassendi

  • Contra Mauritanium sunt Fortunatae, VII numero, quarum una Canaria vocitata, à multitudine canum ingentis magnitudinis, ut auctor est

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

  • Finally, an author (auctor), in the strict sense, “writes both his own work and others 'but his own work in a principal place adding others' for the purposes of confirmation.”


  • First, among the earliest traceable meanings shared by ideas clustered around the distinctive term, auc - toritas (or the root term, auctor, signifying the agent whose identifying capacity was his auctoritas), was the extra confirmation or guarantee of a transaction which was added to its normal legal sanctions by a special responsibility of one party in the transaction.



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