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 History of this Word

"pseudo" is from "pseudein" (to lie) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"pseudo-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "false", "pretended" or "imitating" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

pseudo- illustration Writing under pseudonyms or "pen names" is a fine and honored tradition.
pseudo- illustration Pseudoscience displays an indifference to facts.