"A" Word roots

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  1. A
    • without
    • -one who does not believe in any god(s).
    • atrophy: the wasting away of body tissue.
  2. Ab/ Abs
    • off, away from, apart, down
    • -to take away from by force.
    • abstruse: hard to understand; secret, hidden.
  3. Ac/ Acr
    • sharp, bitter
    • -sharp or biting to the taste or smell.
    • acrimonious: caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature.
    • acerbic: sour or astringint in taste; harsh in temper.
  4. Act/ Ag
    • to do, to drive, to force, to lead
    • -to move or force into violent, irregular action.
    • prodigal:wastefully or recklessly extravagant.
    • pedagogue: a teacher.
  5. Ad/ Al
    • to, toward, near
    • -near, close, or contiguous; adjoining.
  6. Al/ Ali/ Alter
    • other, another
    • -a possible choice.
    • allegory: a figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
  7. Am
    • love
    • -inclined to love, esp. sexual love.
    • amity: friendship, peaceful harmony.
    • inamorata: a female lover.
  8. Amb
    • to go; to walk
    • -of, pertaining to, or capable of walking.
    • preamble: an introductory statement.
    • perambulator: one who makes a tour of inspection on foot.
  9. Ambi/ Amph
    • both, more then one, around
    • -able to use both hands equally well.
  10. Anim
    • of the life, mind, soul, spirit.
    • -to give something life.
    • animus: hostile feeling or attitude.
    • equanimity: mental or emotional stability, especially under tension.
  11. Annui/ Enni
    • year
    • -of, for, pertaining to, a year; yearly.
    • annuity: a specified income payable at stated intervals.
  12. Ante
    • before
    • -placed before.
  13. Anti
    • against
    • -free from germs.
    • antipathy: aversion.
    • antipodal: on the opposite side of the globe.
  14. Apo
    • away
    • -the highest or most distant point.
    • apostasy: a total desertion of one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
  15. Arch/ Archi/ Archy
    • chief, principle, ruler
    • -a government in which the supreme power is lodged in a sovereign.
    • oligarchy: a state or society ruled by a select group.
  16. Auto
    • self
    • -self-moving or self-acting.
    • autocrat: an absolute ruler.
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"A" Word roots
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