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Root List 1

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a, an
not, without
(ex. amoral, atrophy, anarchy, anomaly)
ab,a
from, away, apart
(ex. abnormal, abdicate, aberration, abhor)
ac, acr
sharp, sour
(ex. acid, acerbic, exacerbate, acute)
ad, a
to, toward
(ex. adhere, adjacent, admonish, allure)
ali, altr
another
(ex. alias, alienate, altruism, inalienable)
am, ami
love
(ex. amorous, amicable, amiable, amity)
ambi, amphi
both
(ex. ambiguous, ambivalent, ambidextrous)
ambi, ambul
walk
(ex. amble, perambulator, somnambulist)
anim
mind, spirit, breath
(ex. animal, animosity, unanimous, magnanimous)
ann, enn
year
(ex. annual, annuity, superannuated, biennial)
ante, ant
before
(ex. antecedent, antebellum, anticipate)
anthrop
human
(ex. anthropology, misanthrope, philanthropy)
anti, ant
against, opposite
(ex. antidote, antipathy, antithesis, antacid)
aud
hear
(ex. audio, audience, audition, audible)
auto
self
(ex. autobiography, autocrat, autonomous)
belli, bell
war
(ex. belligerent, bellicose, rebellion)
bene, ben
good
(ex. benevolent, benefactor, benign)
bi
two
(ex. bisect, bilateral, bilingual, biped)
biblio
book
(ex. bible, bibliography, bibliophile)
bio
life
(ex. biography, biology, symbiotic, macrobiotic)
burs
money, purse
(ex. reimburse, disburse, bursar)
cad, cas,cid
happen, fall
(ex. accident, cadence, cascade, deciduous)
carn
flesh
(ex. carnal, carnage, carnival, incarnate)
cap, capt, cept, cip
take, hold, seize
(ex. capable, capacious, captivate, emancipation)
ced, cess
yield, go
(ex. cease, cessation, cede, cession, recede)
chrom
color
(ex. chrome, chromatic, monochrome)
chron
time
(ex. chronology, chronic, anachronism)
cide
murder
(ex. suicide, homicide, infanticide, regicide)
circum
around
(ex. circumference, circumvent,, circumscribe)
clin, cliv
slope
(ex. incline, declivity, proclivity, inclination)
clud, clus, claus, clois
shut, close
(ex. conclude, reclusive, cloister, preclude)
co, com, con
with, together
(ex. coeducation, coalesce, contrite, compassion)
cogn, gno
know
(ex. recognize, incognito, gnostic, ignorant)
contra
against
(ex. controversy, incontrovertible, contravene)
corp
body
(ex. corpse, corporeal, corpulence)
cosmo, cosm
world
(ex. cosmopolitan, cosmos, microcosm)
crac, crat
rule, power
(ex. democracy, theocracy, autocrat, aristocrat)
cred
trust, believe
(ex. incredible, credulous, credence)
cresc, cret
grow
(ex. crescent, crescendo, accretion)
culp
blame, fault
(ex. culprit, concur, cursory, incursion)
de
down, out, apart
(ex. depart, debase, debilitate, decry, devoid)
dec
ten, tenth
(ex. decade, decimal, decathlon, decimate)
demo, dem
people
(ex. democrat, demagogue, epidemic, pandemic)
di, diurn
day
(ex. diary, quotidian, diurnal)
dia
across
(ex. diagonal, diatribe, diaphanous)
dic, dict
speak
(ex. abdicate, diction, predict, indict, verdict)
dis, dif, di
not, apart, away
(ex. disaffected, disparage, dissonant, diffuse)
doc, doct
teach
(ex. docile, doctrine, doctrinaire)
dol
pain
(ex. condolence, doleful, indolent)
duc, duct
lead
(ex. seduce, induce, conduct, viaduct)