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The name of a person, usually a historical person, assumed by a writer.

[French allonyme : Greek allos, other; see allo- + Greek onoma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]

al·lon′y·mous (ə-lŏn′ə-məs) adj.
al·lon′y·mous·ly adv.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a name, often one of historical significance or that of another person, assumed by a person, esp an author
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It is rewarding to compare biblical theonym and author's allonym at this point: the allonym "Dionysius Areopagita" expresses how the author wants to be read and received but not who he really is.
7) Not Publius Valerius Publicola, who died in 503 BC, but the allonym adopted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, authors of the 85 essays we now call the Federalist Papers.
He was, after all, an author whose own birth certificate had been amended from Iginio to Igino and who later used an allonym, Ugo, in admiration of the Romantic author Ugo Foscolo.