Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

syn-

with, together, same

anti-

against

a-

(negative prefix)

hypos

under

hyper

over

phone

sound

-ity

(noun suffix denoting state)

-al,-an,-ian,-ic

(suffixes to form adj. from nouns)

martinet

strict, fanatic, excessive, inhuman disciplinarian (always used in a derogatory sense and generally showing resentment and anger on the part of the user, showing contempt for the discipline)

sycophant

bootlicker, toady, flattery to gain approval

phanein

to show

dia-

through

diaphanous

material so delicate or fine in texture that anything behind it will show through

dilettante

ne who paints, writes, composes, plays a musical instrument, or engages in scientific experiments purely for amusement

dilettare

to delight

dilettantish/dilettantism

superficial / unprofessional

vir

man (male)

virago

a woman that is stereotypically masculine in personality — coarse, aggressive, loud-mouthed, overbearing

chauvinism

excessive or blind patriotism/loyalty; OR an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex

pater, patris

father

patriotic

normally proud of, and devoted to, one's country, or fatherland

paternal

fatherly

paternalism

he philosophy or system of governing a country, or of managing a business or institution, so that the citizens, employees, or staff are treated in a manner suggesting a father-children relationship

paternity

fatherhood, as to question someone's paternity, to file a paternity suit in order to collect child support from the assumed, accused, or self-acknowledged father

patrimony

an inheritance from one's father

onyma

name

patronymic

a name formed on the father's name, like Johnson (son of John),

synonym

a word of the same name (or meaning)

antonym

a word of opposite meaning,

homos

the same

homonym

a word that sounds like another but has a different meaning and spelling, like bare - bear,

archein

to rule

patriarch

a venerable, fatherlike old man

familia

household

paterfamilias

male head of a household

patrician

a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome

patron

a person chosen, named, or honored as a special guardian, protector, or supporter, or one that uses wealth or influence to help an individual, an institution, or a cause

patronize

to act as patron of; provide aid or support for, or to adopt an air of condescension toward; treat haughtily or coolly

padre

Christian clergyman, esp. a priest

-cide

killer, killing

patricide

killing of one's father

mater, matris

mother

matriarch

the mother ruler

maternal

motherly

maternity

motherhood

matron

an older woman, one sufficiently mature to be a mother

matrimony

marriage

matricide

killing of one's mother

alma mater

"soul mother"; actually, the school or college from which one has graduated, and which in a sense is one's intellectual mother

sui

(of) oneslef

suicide

killing oneself (intentionally); both the act and the person who has been completely successful in performing the act (partially doesn't count)

frater, fratris

brother

fratricide

killing of one's brother

fraternize

etymologically, to have a brotherly relationship with (may be used to indicate social intercourse between people, irrespective of sex, as in "Members of the faculty often fraternize after school hours" — and perhaps more commonly, there may be the implication of having a social relationship with one's subordinates in an organization, or even with one's so-called inferiors,

fraternal

brotherly (also non-identical twins)

fraternity

a men's organization in a high school or college, often labeled with Greek letters; or any group of people of similar interests or profession

soror

sister

sororicide

killing of one's sister

sorority

a women's organization in high school or college; or any women's social club

homo

person

homicide

killing of a human being

rex, regis

king

regicide

killing of one's king, president, or other governing official

regal

royal, or fit for a king, hence magnificent, stately, imperious, splendid

regalia

plural noun, formerly designated the emblems or insignia or dress of a king, and now refers to any impressively formal clothes, or, more commonly, to the decorations, insignia, or uniform of a rank, position, office, social club

uxoricide

killing of one's wife

uxorious

excessively, even absurdly, catering to, doting on, worshiping, and submitting to the most outlandish or outrageous demands of one's wife

maritus

husband

mariticide

killing of one's husband

marital

pertaining to or referring to, or characteristic of, a husband; but the meaning has changed to include the marriage relationship of both husband and wife, as marital duties, obligations, privileges, arguments,

extramarital

literally outside the marriage, as in extramarital affairs

premarital

describes events that occur before a planned marriage

infans, infantis

baby

infanticide

killing of a newborn child

genos

race, kind

genocide

the killing of a whole race or nation

parus

kin, relative

parricide

the killing of either or both parents, or a near relative

monomania

excessive concentration on, or obsession with, a single object or idea

mania

madness

dipsomania

morbid compulsion to keep on absorbing alcoholic beverages

klepta

thief

kleptomania

morbid compulsion to steal, not from any economic motive, but simply because the urge to take another's possessions is irresistible

pyros

fire

pyromania

morbid compulsion to set fires THRILL

incendo, incensus

to set fire

incendiarism

the malicious and deliberate burning of another's property REVENGE

ardo, arsus

to burn

arson

in law, setting fire to another's property, or to one's own property, for the purpose of economic gain MONEY

megas

great, big, large

megalomania

morbid delusions of grandeur, power, importance, godliness.

megaphone

the device someone speaks through to make the sound of his voice greater

nymphe

bride

nymphomania

morbid, incessant, uncontrollable, and intense desire, on the part of the female, for sexual intercourse

satyromania

the same morbid incessant, etc. desire on the part of a male,

satyros

satyr

claustrum

enclosure, cloister

phobia

morbid revulsion, dread, or fear

claustrophobia

morbid fear of being physically hemmed in, of enclosed spaces, of crowds

agora

market place

agoraphobia

morbid fear of open space, the reverse of claustrophobia

akros

highest

acrophobia

morbid dread of high places

eikon

religious image

iconoclast

one who attacks religious images or settled beliefs or institutions (sneers at convention and tradition)

klaein

break

athiest

one who denies the existence of God

monotheism

belief in one God

polys

many

polytheism

belief in many gods

pantheism

belief that God is not in man's image, but is a combination of all forces of the universe

logos

science or study

theology

study of God and religion

gnostos

known

agnostic

one who claims that all but material phenomena is unknown, and, indeed, unknowable

diagnosis

knowing through examination or testing

pro

before

prognosis

a knowing beforehand, hence a prediction, generally but not solely, as to the course of a disease

prognosticate

to forecast developments from a consideration of symptoms or conditions

lechier

to lick

lecher

one who lives in debauchery or inordinate indulgence in sexual activity

libido

desire, pleasure

libidinous

of or pertaining to the sexual instinct

lascivia

wantonness, playfulness

lascivious

indicating sexual desire; inclined to wanton sexual behavior

lubricus

slippery

lubricious

slippery, unstable, shifty, sexually wanton, salacious

lubricate

to apply a substance to diminish friction

licere

to be permitted

licentious

sexually unrestrained; going beyond customary, legal, or moral bounds

license

permitted

illicit

not permitted

lewed

vile

lewd

obscene, indecent, vulgar, worthless

lust

pleasure, desire

lustful

full of or motivated by greed, especially for sexual pleasure

lust

sexual desire or appetite

prurio

to itch, long for

prurient

filled with great sexual curiosity, desire, longing

pruritis

a medical condition in which the skin is very itchy, but without a rash or eruptions

hypochondriac

extreme depression of mind or spirits, often centered on imaginary physical ailments; morbid concern about one's health, especially when accompanied by delusions of physical disease

chondros

cartilage of the breastbone

See More

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set