Greek Vocab


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Anarchy (n.)
A/An = "not"
Arch ="rule"/"governance"1

A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.

Absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
Amorphous (adj.)
A /An = "not"
Morph = "shape"
-ous = adjective

Without a clearly defined shape or form.

Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable
Exogamy (n.)
Exo = "out of"
Gam = "marriage"

The custom of marrying outside a community, clan, or tribe.

The fusion of reproductive cells from distantly related or unrelated individuals; outbreeding; cross-pollination.
Pathology (n.)
Pathos = "suffering"/"disease"/"feeling"/"passion"
-logy = "science"/"study"/"account of"

The science of the causes and effects of diseases, esp. the branch of medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of samples
Dichotomy (n.)
Di = "two"
Tom = "to cut"

A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

Repeated branching into two equal parts.
Tenacity (n.)
Ten = "hold"/"keep"
-ity = state or quality of...

Persistent determination in holding to something, especially opinions, valuables, and routines.
Fidelity (n.)
Fid = "faith"/"trust"
-ity = state or quality of...

Faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.

Sexual faithfulness to a spouse or partner.
Moribud (adj.)
Mor/Mort = "death"

(of a person) At the point of death.

(of a thing) In terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor.
Transgress (v.)
Trans = "across"/"beyond"
Gress = "step"/"walk"/"go"

Infringe or go beyond the bounds of (a moral principle or other established standard of behavior).

(of the sea) Spread over (an area of land).
Avert (v.)
Vert/Vers - "turn"

Turn away (one's eyes or thoughts): "she averted her eyes during the more violent scenes".

Prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence): "talks failed to avert a rail strike".
Eu = "good"/"well"/"adventageous'
Phone = "sound"
-ous = adjective

(of sound, esp. speech) Pleasing to the ear.
Dys = "bad"/"ill"/"difficult"
Troph = "growth"

A disorder in which an organ or tissue of the body wastes away.

Impaired nourishment of a bodily part.
Micro = "small"
Cise/Cide = "to cut"/"to kill"

an agent that inactivates, kills or destroys microbes.
Phila = "brotherly love"
Anthro = "man"
-ist = a follower or professional

A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes
Mono = "one"
=Phobia = "fear"

Fear of being alone.
Circum = "around"
Locut (Loqu) = "speak"/"talk"

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language. 2. Evasion in speech or writing. 3. A roundabout expression.
In = "not"/"lacking"/"without"
Vinc/Vict = "conquer"
-ible = able to be

Too powerful to be defeated or overcome: "an invincible warrior".
In = "not"/"lacking"/"without"
Cred = "believe"
-ity = state or quality of...

The state of being unwilling or unable to believe something.
Ex = "out"
ped = "foot"
ent/ant = often means adjective

(of an action) Convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral.

A means of attaining an end, esp. one that is convenient but considered improper or immoral.
ia = "by way of"
Duc/Duct = "lead"/"conduct"/"draw"

A long bridgelike structure, typically a series of arches, carrying a road or railroad across a valley or other low ground.
Homo = "one and the same"/"like"
Gen = "birth"/"kind"
-ous = adjective

Of the same kind; alike.

Consisting of parts all of the same kind.
Of several different colors or (in physics) wavelengths.

Of or relating to heterochromatin.
ym (and Syn, Syl, Sis) = "with"/"together"/"along with"
Bio = "life"
-sis = "action"/"condition"/"process"/"state of"

Interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.

A mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.
Poly = "many"
Glot = "tongue" (i.e., speech language)

Knowing or using several languages.
A/An = "not"/"without"
Esth/Aesth = "Feeling"/"Sensation"/"Perception"

Loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness.
Prehend/Prehens = "seize"/"grasp"

Capable of grasping.
Somn = "sleep"/"dream"
Fer(ous) = "bearing"/"producing"/"yielding"

Tending to induce sleep; soporific.
Con = "together"/"together with"/"with"
Cur/Curr/Curs = "run"-ent = often means adjective

Existing, happening, or done at the same time.

(of two or more prison sentences) To be served at the same time.
Corp = "body"

A main subdivision of an armed force in the field, consisting of two or more divisions: "the 5th Army Corps".

A branch of a military organization assigned to a particular kind of work.
Grat - "pleasant"/"thank"/"favor"

Without charge; free.

Given or done for nothing; free.
Mis = "hate"
Gyn = "woman"

The hatred of women by men: "struggling against thinly disguised misogyny".
Macro = "large"/"long"
Cosm = "universe"/"world"

The universe; the cosmos.

The whole of a complex structure, esp. as represented or epitomized in a small part of itself (a microcosm).
Necr = "dead"/"corpse"
logy = "science"/"study"/"account of"

An obituary notice.

A list of deaths.
Peri = "around"/"about"/"near"/"enclosing"

The outer limits or edge of an area or object.

A marginal or secondary position in, or part or aspect of, a group, subject, or sphere of activity.
Hypo = "under"/"beneath"/"less than the ordinary"
Thes/Thet = "to put"/"to place"

A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.

A proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.
Viv = "live"/"alive"
Sec = "to cut"
-tion = noun
The practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research (used only by people who...

Ruthlessly sharp and detailed criticism or analysis: "the vivisection of America's seamy underbelly".
Ex = "out"
Tort = "twist"

Obtain (something) by force, threats, or other unfair means.
Genu/Geni/Gen = "knee"
Flect/Flex = "bend"

Lower one's body briefly by bending one knee to the ground, typically in worship or as a sign of resect.

Show deference or servility.
In/Il/Im/Ir = "not"
Con = "with"/"together"
Secut/Sequ = "follow"

Not important or significant.