from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of unknown or unadmitted authorship: anonymous: as, an authorless rumor.
  • That never had an author; unoriginated by any one; uncreated.
  • Without authors or writers: as, “an interval of authorless years,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Without an author; without authority; anonymous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Without an author.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

author +‎ -less


  • Granted, some bookstores have had success with authorless events, and certain panel events do work well with people involved with a book who are not the author, but the vast majority of author events depend on, well, the author.

    2009 February 25 « The Book Publicity Blog

  • This course examines commonplace, authorless songs as elemental, founding documents of

    Old Weird America 101

  • The product of an authorless tangle of relationships—human, commercial, political, industrial, biological, and chemical—that will never be fully sorted.


  • Who hasn't received those captionless, authorless photographs that endlessly swirl through the electronic ether and settle in our in-box, captured moments of some unknown soul's life suddenly digitized and exposed to the eyes of the world without benefit of explanation?

    A Christmas Story

  • The initial press reports however preferred to report on generic "clashes" and thus fold the responsibility for bloodshed into what would seem to be an authorless or inexplicable confrontation.

    John Gibler: Indigenous Protest and State Violence in the Peruvian Amazon: How the Media Misrepresents

  • As Denby says, much snark is like a middle-school rumor: vicious, authorless, and anyone who objects gets slagged as having no sense of humor.

    Alex Remington: Middle-Aged Film Critic Writes a Book Railing Against Snark; Man on Internet Agrees

  • Because next week, and the week after that, and ad infinitum, this essentially authorless piece of drivel about me will come up under my name in google.

    Michael Tonello: Virtual Reality

  • Yet to cross over that border, yet to descend to the stream where a chaos of bile-green disorder is subsumed in an authorless dream.

    Free Of Pre-Ordained Ideas

  • Whatever an author's individual purpose, these borrowings were authorized by the rhetorical instability of the genre itself, which claimed even its imagined representations as implicitly authorless "records" of objective, documentary fact.


  • Me personally, I've just got no clue who Tom Clancy and Britney Spears are, I only see authorless texts adrift in a blanket of Foucauldian/Barthesian fog... not.



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