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Latin: one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion.
Pagus (Latin)= rural district. Paganus taken from pagus= villager, rustic, civilian.
French: of little value, small, trifling
Pikk(French)=beat, referring to coining of coppers .
English: an unconverted individual of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible; a person who is neither a Jew, Christian, nor Muslim.Heath
(English)=untitled land, track of wasteland + en (English suffix)= made of, of the nature of.
English: related to Heide(German), heithingi (old Norse) and haithno (Gothic)
sanskrit: Svastika-s (Sanskrit) = being fortunate, from svasti-s well-being luck, from su -well + as -, root of asti (he) is from root of Latin esse to be.
Algonquian: A shoe made of soft leather worn by the American Indians
French/Italian: Absence of quantity
Latin: highest point
Norse: distructively or irrationaly violent
Latin: to reduce drastically especially in number; to cause great destruction or harm to
Latin: a mechanical tool
This word was used to describe ingenuity or a trick, but evolved into devices and machines as technology advanced.
Old English/gothic: believe, accept as true.
Originally used before the 12th century as to believe, accept as true; now used as to acquire possession
Persian: a dull yellowish-brown, a fabric made from this color.
Word was taken from the Persians as a word for dust, but transformed into dusty, and then to describe the color that the clothes were made out of
Punch ( drink)
Sanskrit: five, for it originally having five ingredients.
Old English: something strange or generally has to do with the supernatural.
originally meant to control a person’s fate or destiny.
Sanskrit: action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation.
Modern english/Greek/Neo-Latin: a person who suffers from a mental disorder, psychotic reactions and mental disturbances.
Spanish: to go around.
Greek: Large system of stars.
Meant brilliant assembly of persons, the technical astronomical sense emerged in 1848, then passed through Latin and Greek.
Latin: A god or godess.
Spanish:cocodilian of the genus alligator.
el lagarto= the lizard
ANN(U), ENNI- (year)
We light fireworks annually, in July, to commemorate Bastille Day.
He was very belligerent-- always ready to fight over nothing.
BI-, BIN- (two, twice)
The Dogon tribe, in Mali, always knew Sirius was a binary star system
Front Range is not old enough to celebrate its centennial yet.
(to cry out)
The master of ceremonies proclaimed us graduates!
dictionary, diction, dictate
The teacher dictated the spelling words to the students.
She was like Janus, always two-faced or dualistic.
Do not equate aid with kindness, if strings are attached.
Fidelity is important in any relationship
Tulips and daffodils make a lovely spring floral display.
The temperatures fluctuate wildly, here, in the winter.
- (heavy, serious)
He did not understand the gravity of the situation.
- to throw
reject, eject, trajectory
The professor ejected the brat from the class.
One responsibility of the board was to be judicial in student cases.
- (to speak)
She was ultra-loquacious, talking all the time!
You can open the can manually, if the electricity is off.
The sheep was very maternal towards the orphaned puppy.
Later in life, one comes to know his own mortality.
- (to be born)
Every year, there is disagreement over the nativity display.
November should be the ninth month, but it is the eleventh!
valor, covalent, ambivalent
The Silver star is awarded for uncommon valor in the military.
-(able to be)
reliable, dependable, servile
- (tending to)
- (quality of being or inclined to)
- (quality of being or having)
Aqualung, aquatic, aqua
Jacques Cousteau invented the aqualung, so divers could breathe under water.
- (well, good)
Abiding by laws is beneficial to the entire society.
carnage, carnal, carnivore
Animals that only eat meat are carnivorous
The diplomats were in accord on how to approach the problem.
CORPOR-, CORP-, CORPUS
Corpse, corporation, corps
The Peace Corps was started by JFK in 1961.
FRACT-, FRING-, FRANG
- (to break)
The child fractured her clavicle by jumping from a tree.
- (to step, to go)
Gradual, transgress, graduation
Our evolution is gradual. Sometimes, it does not seem to be happening at all.
- (to join)
At the junction of the two highways, we turned south towards Colorado.
The restaurant was billed as fabulous, but we found it to be quite mediocre.
- (to mix)
There were miscellaneous items belonging to my deceased uncle in the drawer, including his reading glasses.
- (to change)
Harry Potter could mutate into various animals, depending on the spell chosen.
- (name, noun)
nomenclature, name, nom de plume
The woman’s nom de plume was George Sand.
The child’s paternity was determined via DNA.
The crosswalks on streets are for pedestrians.
PEL-, PELL-, PULS
- (to drive)
expulsion, expel, compel
He was compelled to madness by great tragedy in his life.
- (to break)
The angry student disrupted class by throwing his textbook at the door.
sanguine, sanguinary, consanguineous
Sanguine refers to blood, but it also refers to cheerfulness
TANG-, TING- TACT
- (to touch)
The bee sting tingled after the initial bite.
- (to see)
video, visual, vision
Some students are visual learners and only learn by seeing illustrations.
- (to roll)
The entire crux of the story revolved around the character’s origins remaining mysterious.
con-, com-co-, etc.
(with, together, very)
Concurrent, community, cooperate
Contradiction, contrary, contrast
- (down, off, thoroughly)
Detoxification, demystify, deduction
ex-, e-, ef-
- (out, from, completely)
Exit, erode, efface = erase
Non-violent, nonsense, non-partisan
- (eight) - (eighth)
octogenarian, octave, octopus
A musical scale consists of several octaves.
- (to carry)
transport, export, porter
The porter at the railway station carried my bags to the train.
- (to prick, point)
Tarragon is a pungent herb that stings the nostrils when sniffed.
- (to write)
scribble, transcribe, inscribe, inscription, scribe
Medieval scribes painstakingly wrote out copies of books by hand.
- (half, partly)
The chocolates are only semi-sweet.
SEPT-, SEPTEM-, SEPTIM-
September used to be the seventh month, but now it is the ninth.
- (to know)
Science is the art of knowing.
- (one and a half)
Texas recently celebrated its sesquicentennial. It was its 150th year of statehood.
- (sixth, six)
There was a string sextet playing in the lobby during dinner.
- (to look)
spectrum, inspect, suspicious
We inspected the crate for bugs.
- (to breathe)
aspirate, conspire, expire
If someone expires, he does not draw breath anymore.
temporary, temporal, contemporary
One of Hitler’s contemporaries was Stalin.
- (to twist)
contort, torque, retort
The contortionist could bend in half and fit in a small box.
triangle, triumvirate, triad
Always triangulate the data to make sure it is good.
A family is a single unit.
She ran more tests to verify the age of the pottery.
- (word, verb)
The man was verbose, using too many words to say very little.
- (to turn)
revert, convert, avert
The boy reverted to his calm state after the dog left.
- (way, road)
The viaduct under I-70 is often flooded from sudden rain storms.
- (to live)
vivid, vivacious, vivacity, Vivian
The child was vivacious, so Vivian was a good name for her
- (back, again)
Rethink, re-do, return
- (backwards, behind)
- (below, beneath)
- (between, among)
- (under, up from under, secretly)
Subterranean, subway, subversive
- (above, over)
Super-imposed, superman, super-human