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  1. Word Roots m-n

  2. Key • Become familiar with the roots • Use them to make connections to the definitions of words • It’s not a fool-proof system • If you can’t figure out the word based on the root, then look up the word • This will greatly expand your vocabulary • It will help you for the PSAT, the SAT, the GRE, and life!

  3. min: small • minutiae • minute • diminish

  4. Min: to project, to hang over • Eminent • Prominent • Preeminent

  5. Mis/mit: to send • Missive • Emissary • Remit • intermittent • remission

  6. misc (mixed) • miscellaneous • miscegenation • promiscuous

  7. mon/monit (to warn) • monument • monitor • summons • admonish

  8. morph (shape) • amorphous • metamorphosis • polymorphous

  9. mort (death) • immortal • morgue • morbid • moribund (declining or dying) • mortify

  10. mut (change) • commute • mutation • mutant • immutable • permutation (variation)

  11. nam/nom/noun/nown/nym (rule, order) • economy • autonomy • taxonomy (classification) • gastronomy (food/cooking)

  12. nom/nym/noun/nown (name) • synonym • nominate • pseudonym • misnomer • nomenclature (ex. nomenclature of the rifle’s components)

  13. nat/nas/nai (to be born) • natural • native • naïve • cognate (similar/related) • nascent • innate • renaissance

  14. nec/nic/noc/nox (harm, death) • innocent • innocuous • pernicious (destructive) • necromancy

  15. nov/neo/nou (new) • novel • renovate • innovate • neologism (ex. funner) • novice (ex. Jake) • nouveau riche

  16. nounc/nunc (to announce) • announce • pronounce • denounce (condemn, censure) • renounce (reject)