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While listening to the news the other day, I came across this use of "auteur" that I didn't know.

Il était l'auteur du meurtre.

Would we use author in English?

I think of author in English as something positive in the sense of creator, originator and so on of an admirable action.

For something negative like a murder, I think we'd say perpetrator or some other word with a negative connotation.

Anyone has any thoughts on this?

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On 12/01/2023 at 22:24, Hectorsdad said:

…he was the author of his own demise….

You could equally say he was the author of his own success.

So Debbiere is right to point out that this is a case of having to ignore the connotation.

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