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Variorum

A variorum is a work that collates all known variants of a text. It is a work of textual criticism, whereby all variations and emendations are set side by side so that a reader can track how textual decisions have been made in the preparation of a text for publication. The Bible and the works of William Shakespeare have often been the subjects of variorum editions, although the same techniques have been applied with less frequency to many other works.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

variorum

"an edition (especially of the complete works of a classical author) with notes of various commentators or editors," 1728, genitive masculine Latin varius "different, diverse" (see vary), in phrase editio cum notis variorum. Its use with reference to an edition of an author's works containing variant readings (1955) is "deplored by some scholars" [OED].

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Variorum

Variorum \Va`ri*o"rum\, a. [L., abbrev. fr. cum notis variorum with notes of various persons.] Containing notes by different persons; -- applied to a publication; as, a variorum edition of a book.

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variorum

n. An edition of a written work (especially the complete works of a classical writer) showing the notes and readings of a variety of different editors or commentators.

WordNet

variorum

n. an edition containing various versions of a text or notes by various scholars or editors [syn: variorum edition]

Usage examples of "variorum".

After an appreciative glance at the picture, Alleyn walked over to the bookcase, where he found a beguiling collection of modern novels, a Variorum Shakespeare that aroused his envy, and a number of works on heredity, eugenics and psychoanalysis.

Alleyn walked over to the bookcase, where he found a beguiling collection of modern novels, a Variorum Shakespeare that aroused his envy, and a number of works on heredity, eugenics and psycho-analysis.

Wordsworth was continually tinkering at his verse, to the subsequent despair of conscientious variorum editors, and that most of the absurdities and infelicities in his first editions disappeared under the correcting influence of his sarcastic critics and his own maturing taste.

Rasis practica, cum aliis viginti quinque libellis variorum autorum consimilis argumenti.

Computus manualis, cum aliis sexaginta quinque tractatibus variorum autorum in medicinalibus, physicis, astronomicis, et aliis.

Delphin and Variorum classics which he procured from the library of Gascq de la Lande.

This version of eventspiper, ratsis all the smudged variorum left, a bastard compromise script lying somewhere between what really happened and what can bear admission.

Rasis practica, cum aliis viginti quinque libellis variorum autorum consimilis argumenti.

Computus manualis, cum aliis sexaginta quinque tractatibus variorum autorum in medicinalibus, physicis, astronomicis, et aliis.

Through the rest of the afternoon, through her trip to the market in downtown Kinneret-Among-The-Pines to buy ricotta and listen to the Muzak (today she came through the bead-curtained entrance around bar 4 of the Fort Wayne Settecento Ensemble's variorum recording of the Vivaldi Kazoo Concerto, Boyd Beaver, soloist).

The immigration officials seemed to let everyone in, even Americans, very grudgingly and only after looking up every name in a big book like a variorum edition of something.