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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"