Definition of monogenesis in English:



  • 1The theory that humans are all descended from a single pair of ancestors.

    Also called monogeny

    ‘This seems to be the ground of his preference for monogenesis - the theory that the races are descended from a common stock - over polygenesis - the theory that the races have different origins.’
    • ‘Almost any popular folk narrative provides evidence of monogenesis.’
    1. 1.1Linguistics The hypothetical origination of language or of a surname from a single source at a particular place and time.
      • ‘Language seems to have been the evolutionary Rubicon for Homo sapiens, though the paleolinguist rejects the notion of linguistic monogenesis.’



/ˌmänəˈjenəsəs/ /ˌmɑnəˈdʒɛnəsəs/