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† scripturiency, n.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: scripturient adj., -ency suffix.

  Passion for writing; an urge to write. In early use esp.: the tendency to produce an abundance of trivial or inferior writing.

1652   T. Urquhart Εκσκυβαλαυρον 196   Though scripturiency be a fault in feeble pens [etc.].
1685   H. More Cursory Refl. 1   The Disease of Scripturiency in R. B. taken notice of.
1717   Entertainer No. 3. 18   This Bladder of Scripturiency.
?1751   J. Markland Let. in J. B. Nichols Illustr. Lit. Hist. 18th Cent. (1858) VIII. 537   Whenever..a scripturiency comes upon me, you shall hear more from [me].
1881   Manch. Guardian 15 Aug. 5/3   ‘Scripturiency’ appears to vary greatly in different nations. The United States claim 2,800 of these medical authors; France and her colonies, 2,600 [etc.].

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, June 2018).