Words Derived From Greek

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acrophobia

n. fear of being at a great height

agoraphobia

n. fear of open spaces

anglophobia

n. dislike of England or the English

claustrophobia

n. fear of enclosed or narrow spaces

germanophobia

n. dislike of Germany or the Germans

hydrophobia

n. 1. dread of water;
2. rabies

monophobia

n. the fear of being alone

phobia

n. fear; dread; aversion

photophobia

n. aversion to light

xenophobia

n. aversion to foreigners

russophobe

n. one who dislikes Russia or the Russians

francophobe

n. one who dislikes France or the French

computerphobe

n. One who dislikes computers or computer users

-phobe

one who fears or dislikes

philanthropist

n. Lover of humanity; person active in promoting human welfare

philanthropy

n. love of humanity, especially as shown in donations to charitable and socially useful causes

philatelist

n. stamp collector

philately

n. collection and study of stamps

philharmonic

adj. pertaining to a musical organization, such as a symphony orchestra (originally, "loving music")

philhellenism

n. support of Greece or the Greeks

philogyny

n. love of women (ant. misogyny)

philology

n. study (love) of language and literature

philosopher

n. lover of, or searcher for, wisdom or knowledge; person who regulates his or her life by the light of reason

-phile

one who loves or supports

anglophile

n. supporter of England or the English (ant. Anglophobe)

audiophile

n. one who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction

bibliophile

n. lover of books (ant. bibliophobe)

francophile

n. supporter of France or the French (ant. Francophobe)

sinophile

n. Supporter of China or the Chinese

misandry

n. hatred of males

misanthrope

n. hater of humanity (ant. philanthropy)

misogamy

n. hatred of marriage

misogyny

n. hatred of women (ant. philogyny)

misology

n. Hatred of argument, reasoning, or discussion

misoneism

n. Hatred of anything new

dysentery

n. inflammation of the large intestine

dysfunction

n. abnormal functioning as of an organ of the body

dyslexia

n. impairment of the ability to read

dyslogistic

adj. expressing disapproval or censure; uncomplimentary (ant. eulogistic)

dyspepsia

n. 1. difficult digestion; indigestion (ant. eupepsia)
2. ill humor; disgruntlement

dysphagia

n. difficulty in swallowing

dysphasia

n. speech difficulty resulting from brain injury

dysphoria

n. sense of great unhappiness or dissatisfaction (ant. euphoria)

dystopia

n. imaginary place where living conditions are dreadful (ant. utopia)

dystrophy

n. 1. faulty nutrition
2. muscle disorder

eugenics

n. science dealing with improving the hereditary qualities (e.g.m of the human race)

eulogize

v. write or speak in praise of someone (ant. vilify)

eupepsia

n. good digestion (ant. dyspepsia)

euphemism

n. substitution of a "good" expression for an unpleasant one. Example "sanitation" for "garbage collection"

euphonious

adj. pleasing in sound (ant. cacophonous)

euphoria

n. sense of great happiness or well-being (ant. dysphoria)

euthanasia

n. controversial practice of mercifully putting to death a person suffering from an incurable, painfully distressing disease (literally "advantageous death")

euthenics

n. science dealing with the improving living conditions

macro

n. computer instruction standing for a series of steps

macrocosm

n. great world; universe (ant. microcosm)

macron

n. horizontal mark indicating that the vowel over which it is placed is long

macroscopic

adj. large enough to be visible to the naked eye (ant. microscopic)

microbe

n. microscopic life form; microorganism; germ

microbicide

n. agent that destroys microbes

microdont

adj. having small teeth

microfilm

n. film of very small size

microgram

n. millionth of a gram

micrometer

n. 1. millionth of a meter
2. instrument for measuring small lengths

microorganism

n. microscopic animal or plant

microsecond

n. millionth of a second

microsurgery

n. surgery with the aid of microscopes and minute instruments or laser beams

microvolt

n. millionth of a volt

microwatt

n. millionth of a watt

microwave

n. 1. very short electromagnetic wave
2. microwave oven (oven that cooks quickly by using microwaves)

microcosm

n. little world; epitome; reproduction of a larger unity (ant. macrocosm)

amoral

adj. not moral; without a sense of moral responsibility

amorphous

adj. without (having no) definite form; shapeless; unorganized

anarchy

n. total absence of rule or government; confusion; disorder

anemia

n. lack of a normal number of red blood cells

anesthesia

n. loss of feeling or sensation resulting from ether, chloroform, novocaine, etc.

anesthetic

n. drug that produces anesthesia

anhydrous

adj. destitute of (without) water

anomaly

n. deviation from the common rule

anomalous

adj. not normal; abnormal

anonymous

adj. nameless; of unknown or unnamed origin

anoxia

n. deprivation of (state of being without) oxygen

apnea

n. Temporary cessation of breathing

aseptic

adj. free from disease-causing microorganisms

asymptomatic

adj. showing no symptoms of disease

atheism

n. godlessness; denial in the existence of a Supreme Being

atrophy

n. lack of growth, as from disuse, disease, or malnourishment (ant. hypertrophy)

atypical

adj. unlike the typical

monarchy

n. rule by a single person (ant. polyarchy)

monochromatic

adj. of one color (ant. polychromatic)

monocle

n. eyeglass for one eye

monogamy

n. marriage with one mate at a time (ant. polygamy)

monogram

n. two or more letters interwoven to represent a name

monograph

n. written account of a single thing or class of things

monolith

n. single stone of a large size; obelisk

monolithic

adj. massive and rigidly uniform

monolog(ue)

n. long speech by one person

monomania

n. excessive concentration on one idea or subject

monomorphic

adj. having a single form (ant. polymorphic)

monosyllabic

adj. having one syllable (ant. polysyllabic)

monotheism

n. belief that there is one God (ant. polytheism)

monotonous

adj. continuing in an unchanging tone; wearying

polyarchy

n. rule by many; government having three or more rulers (ant. monarchy)

polychromatic

adj. having a variety of colors; multicolored; variegated (ant. monochromatic)

polygamy

n. marriage to several people at the same time (ant. monogamy)

polyglot (adj)

adj. speaking several languages

polyglot (n)

n. person who speaks several languages

polymorphic

adj. having various forms (ant. monomorphic)

polyphonic

adj. having many sounds or voices (ant. homophonic)

polysyllabic

adj. having more than three syllables (ant. monosyllabic)

polytechnic

adj. dealing with many applied sciences and technical arts

polytheism

n. belief that there is a plurality of gods (ant. monotheism)

hypertrophy

n. enlargement of a body part, as from overuse (ant. atrophy)

polygon

n. closed plane figure having, literally, many angles and therefore many sides

homophonic

adj. having the same sound (ant. polyphonic)

phil (philo)

"loving," "fond of"

mis

"hate"

dys

"bad," "ill," "difficult"

eu

"good," "well," "advantageous"

macro

"large," "long"

micro

"small," "minute"

a (an)

"not," "without"

mono (mon)

"one," "single," "alone"

poly

"many"

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