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  1. Egocentric Ego (I) + centri (center) =

  2. Adj. Self-centered The egocentric snob did not notice that she had hurt a classmate.

  3. Tangible tang (touch) =

  4. Adj. Touchable A paycheck is one of the tangible rewards of a job.

  5. Demagogue Demos (people) + agog (leader) =

  6. n. Corrupt politician Huey Long was accused of being a demagogue in the 1930’s. He was assassinated as a result.

  7. Preclude Pre (before) + clud (close) =

  8. v. foreclose The young athlete suffered an injury that will preclude him from participating In the tournament.

  9. Cryptologist crypt (hidden) + log (study of, science) + ist (one who) =

  10. n. Code breaker British cryptologists broke the German Enigma code during World War II.

  11. ethnocentrism ethno (race or culture) + centri (center) + ism (doctrine or philosophy) =

  12. n. Racial or cultural prejudice Ethnocentrism can lead to many problems when people do not appreciate the differences in others.

  13. pedagogue Ped (child) + agog (leader) =

  14. n. teacher Middle school students do not like pedagogues who do not have a sense of humor.

  15. recant Re (back, again) + cant (sing) =

  16. v. Retract When the witness was under oath, he had to recant an earlier false statement.

  17. Revoke Re (back, again) + voc (voice) =

  18. v. Cancel If you do not keep your grades up, your driver’s license will be revoked.

  19. Pugnacious Pugn (fight) + ous (full of) =

  20. Adj. Combative The pugnacious bully was sent home for fighting.

  21. Incisive In (in) + cise (cut) =

  22. Adj. Sharp Her incisive questions cut deeply into the issue.

  23. Diatribe Dia (across) + trib (pay) = This reallycomes from Greek for a leaned discussion

  24. n. Abusive criticism Hitler often delivered diatribes against the Jews.

  25. anomaly A (not) + homo (same) =

  26. n. abnormality Because the point falls outside of the normal range on the graph, it is thought to be an anomaly.

  27. Enumerate E (out) + numer (number) + (cause)

  28. v. To list Beginning with the most important one, please enumerate your reasons.

  29. Circumscribed Circum (around) + scrib (write) =

  30. Adj. Limited You may only select from one of the circumscribed choices.

  31. Intercede Inter (between) + cede (go) =

  32. v. mediate The United States has tried to intercede to help develop a plan for peace in the Middle East.

  33. Disputatious Dis (away) + put (think) + ous (full of) =

  34. Adj. Argumentative The disputatious player angered the referee.

  35. Loquacious Loqu (talk) + ous (full of) =

  36. Adj. Talkative The loquacious students were asked to leave the media center.

  37. Abrogate Ab (away) + rogat (ask) =

  38. v. Annul Outdated laws need to be abrogated.

  39. Prescience Pre (before) + sci (know) =

  40. n. Foreknowledge Prescience about Hurricane Sandy did not make the clean-up any easier.

  41. Sacrosanct Sacro (holy) + sanct (holy) =

  42. Adj. Sacred Turkey at Thanksgiving is a sacrosanct tradition that most people enjoy and will not change.

  43. Androgynous andro (man) + gyn (woman) + ous (full of) =

  44. Adj. Masculine and feminine Many women in the 1920’s had an androgynous appearance—they wore skirts, had short hair, and smoked.

  45. Acronym Acro (high) + nym (name) =

  46. n. Initials-name: This is a word that is formed from the first letter of a series of words. NASA is the acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  47. Congenital con (together) + gen (origin) =

  48. Adj At birth . The baby was born with a congenital heart defect that could be repaired with surgery.

  49. Cacophony Caco (bad) + phon (sound) =

  50. n. Bad noise The cacophony of the horns of cars at the traffic jam hurt our ears.