Sem. 1 English Root Words

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ambivalent

simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

amorphous

having no definite shape

metamorphosis

a process in which something changes completely

epigram

a brief and clever statement or saying

grammar

the study of how words combine to form sentences

antipathy

intense dislike or hatred

antithesis

direct opposite of something

anachronism

something that belongs to another time

synchronize

to occur at the same time

misanthrope

someone who hates other people

philanthropy

charitable donation to public causes

dictator

a ruler who has complete power over a country

benediction

a blessing

exclaim

to say something suddenly in surprise or excitement

proclamation

an official public statement, usually about something important

cyclical

recurring at regular intervals

encyclopedia

comprehensive reference work

commemorate

to honor the memory of someone or something with a ceremony

memoir

a piece of writing that is is about the writer's personal life

accurate

precise, exact

acumen

sharpness of mind

venture

to proceed with something despite risk

convene

come together

predominant

more common; more powerful

dominate

to control or have power over something or someone

legitimate

correct or allowable

legal

allowed by law

tactful

considerate, kind, diplomatic

tangible

able to be touched or felt

gratitude

thankfulness or appreciation

gratuitous

unnecessary or unjustified

alter ego

another aspect of oneself

egotistical

self-centered

precede

to come before someone or something

secede

to withdraw formally from membership or association with a group

jettison

to discard something

projector

equipment that casts an image on a screen or wall

vanity

too much pride in oneself, especially appearance

devastate

to damage or destroy something

territory

a large tract (piece) of land

terrestrial

of this world

criticize

to find fault with

hypocrite

someone who preaches one thing and does the opposite

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