• Noun: the place where something begins, where it springs into being; examples: "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance", "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation", "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River", "communism's Russian root"
• Noun: properties attributable to your ancestry; example: "he comes from good origins"
• Noun: an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
• Noun: the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
• Noun: the descendants of one individual; example: "his entire lineage has been warriors"
Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
To pass to the deluge, and beyond it, and to come to close quarters with our proper division, the origin of Romance itself is a very debatable subject, or rather it is a subject which the wiser mind will hardly care to debate much.
Art owes its origin to Nature herself... this beautiful creation, the world, supplied the first model, while the original teacher was that divine intelligence which has not only made us superior to the other animals, but like God Himself, if I may venture to say it.