Greek morphemes

Greek morphemes are parts of words originating from the Greek language. They are used today in every day language and most people don't even know it.

Common Morphemes

{| class="wikitable"
-! Morpheme! Definition! Word
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Anthrop
Humankind
Anthropology: the study of humankind [see ology]
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Andr
Human
Android: a machine made to look like a human
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Phil
Love
Philanthropy: the desire to help others [see anthrop]
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Miso
Hate
Misology: the dislike of arguments [see log]
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Eu
Good
Euphony: pleasant combinations of sound [see phon]
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Caco
Bad
Cacography: poor handwriting [see graph]
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Micro
Small
Microscopic: so small it's hard to see [see scop]
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Macro
Large
Macrocosm: any large thing; universe
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Mega
Large
Megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of power [see mania]
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Graph; Gram
Write; draw; record
Telegraph: the long-distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters [see tele]
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Phon
Sound
Euphonic: Pleasing to the ear [see eu]
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Scop; skept
Look at; examine
Kaleidoscope: A toy in which reflections from mirrors make patterns
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Tel; tele
Far; distant
Telephone: Apparatus designed to convert sound waves into electrical waves which are sent to and reproduced data distant point [see phon]
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Biblio
book
Bibliophobia: the fear of books [see phobia]
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Mania
Madness
Pryomaniac: A person suffering from pyromania; A person who is obsessed with fire; one who lights things on fire
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Phobia
Fear of
Arachnaphobia: The fear of spiders
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Arch
Rule; govern
Gynarchy: Government by a woman [see gyn]
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Archae
Ancient; old
Archaeology: The science or study of antiquities, esp. prehistoric antiquities, such as the remains of buildings or monuments of an early epoch, inscriptions, implements, and other relics, written manuscripts, etc. [see ology]
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Dem
People
Democracy: Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people
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Gen
Origin; kind
Genesis: the first book in the Bible;
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Gyn
Woman
Misogyny: The hatred of women
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Log
Word; idea; study
dialogue: a conversation between two persons [see di]
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Hetero
Unlike; different
Heterogeneous: Differing in kind; having unlike qualities; possessed of different characteristics; differing in origin [see gen]
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Homo
Same
Homogenous: Having a resemblance in structure, due to decent from a common progenitor with subsequent modification [see gen]
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Poly
Many
poly
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Olig
Few
oligarchy: a form of government all the power resides with few people [see arch]
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Pan
All
pandemic: prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world [see dem]
-
Gon
Angle
Polygon: a many sided shape [see poly]
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Mancy
Prophecy
Bibliomancy: prophesying by use of books [see biblio]
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Hemi
Half
Hemisphere: one of the halves into which the earth is divided
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Erg
Work
Ergonomics: the science of equipment design, intended to maximize productivity, especially in the workplace
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Hem;Haem
Blood
Hemorrhage: a profuse discharge of blood
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Theo
God
Atheist: one who believes in no gods
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Chrom
Color
Polychrome: having many colors [see poly]
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Chron
Time
chronological: being in time order
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Latry
Worship
Idolatry: the religious worship of idols
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Helio
Sun
Heliotherapy: therapeutic exposure to sunlight [see therap]
-
Therap
Cure
Therapy: Treatment of illness or disability
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Bi;Di
Two
Bichromatic: having two colors [see chrom]
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Iso
Equal
Isography: Imitation of anothers' handwriting [see graph]
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Rhea
Flood;gush;burst
Logorrhea: a flood of words spoken quickly [see log]
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Bath
Depth
Bathometer: a device measuring depth [see meter]
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Meter
Measure
Diameter: the length of a straight line passing from side to side of any figure or body, through its center.
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Ortho
Correct; straight
Orthodontics: the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth.
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Dyn
Dynam
Dynasty: a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group
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Path
Feeling; disease
Sociopath: a person, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
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Stat; Stas
Stop
Static: showing little or no change
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Mono
One
Monopoly: an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
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Cycl
Circle
Bicycle: a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat. [see bi]
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Center
Center
Centerpiece: an ornamental object used in a central position, esp. on the center of a dining-room table.
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Geo
Earth
Geology: the study of the earth
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References

* [http://www.mead354.org/uploaded/faculty/khoff/Greek_Morphemes.doc Mountainside Middle School]


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