Greek Roots List 6 Mrs. Lucidi English 2
Root: onym, onomato Meaning: name, word Sample Words: -pseudonym -synonym
Pseudonym A fictitious name used by an author John Smith instead of Vern Hopkins
Synonym The word having the same name or meaning as another word Baby / Infant Buy / Purchase Pretty / Attractive
Root: derm, dermato Meaning: Skin Sample Words: -taxidermist -hypodermic
Taxidermist One who practices taxidermy (the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals in lifelike form) The man took the deer that he killed to the taxidermist to have it stuffed and mounted.
Hypodermic The layer just below the epidermis The nurse gave me an injection with a hypodermic needle.
Root: nom, nem Meaning: management, distribution, law Sample Words: -astronomical -nemesis
Astronomical Unbelievably large, inconceivably huge; having to do with astronomy Peter inherited an astronomical amount of money when he grandfather died.
Nemesis A person who inflicts just and fair punishment for evil deeds; formidable and usually victorious opponent Batman was the Joker’s nemesis.
Root: therm, thermo Meaning: heat Sample Words: -thermometer -hypothermia
Thermometer An instrument for measuring temperature He used a thermometer to take his own temperature.
Hypothermia A condition of abnormally low body temperature After being stuck in the snow for several hours, the man suffered from hypothermia.
Root: prot, proto Meaning: first Sample Words: -protocol -prototype
Protocol The forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state; the plan for a medical or scientific experiment Since working with chemicals can be dangerous, the teacher went over the protocol for completing the experiment.
Prototype The first or original model of anything; model Jim and Dave want to sell $100 laptops. Before investors will give them the money to start production, they needed to build a prototype.
Root: thesis, thet Meaning: set, place, put Sample Words: -Thesis -Antithesis
Thesis A proposition that is maintained by argument; a claim; a statement When writing an essay, the thesis is the last sentence of your first paragraph.
Antithesis Direct contrast; opposition; the exact opposite Jack is the antithesis of his sister, Margaret.