wordpart : meaning : association words (you may use others too)
- ad, ac, af, ag, al, an, ap, ar, as, at : to, toward, very : advent, aggressive, ascend
- ana : across, through, back, again : analyze, anatomy, anabiosis
- ante : before : antebellum, antemeridian, antemortem
- auto : self : autobiography, automobile, autonomy
- cata : down, back, thoroughly : cataclysm, catapult, catastrophe
- contra, contro : against : contradict, contrary, controversy
- dia : across, through : diameter, dialect, diagonal
- em, en : inside, within : encyclical, embryo, empathy
- epi : outside, on, upon : epidermis, epitome, epitaph
- ex : former : ex-convict, ex-wife
- hemi : half : hemicycle, hemiplegia, hemisphere
- meta : change : metacognition, metamorphosis, metaphor
- mis : bad, poorly, hate : misanthrope, misogyny, misjudge
- multi : many : multiflorous, multilateral, multiply
- ob, oc, of, op : against : occlude, obstruct, oppose
- omni : all : omnipotent, omniscience, omnivorous
- pan : all, entire : panacea, panchromatic, panophobia
- para : beside, beyond : paradox, paralegal, parallel
- peri : around : periodontics, perimeter, periscope
- pro : before, forth, forward : prognosis, promote, provide
- pseudo : false : pseudonym, pseudopod, pseudoscience
- retro : backward : retroactive, retrogress, retrospect
- sub, suc, suf, sug, sum, sup, sus : under : subject, suppose, suspect
- trans : across, through : transit, transfer, transmit
- vice : in place of : vice president, viceroy, vice versa
def: anxious or fearful that something bad will happen; calmly frightened; nervous
ex: The girl was apprehensive about walking home alone since it was starting to get dark.
n: apprehension, apprehensiveness
def: to match by imitating; to copy in a good way, as if to compliment
ex: The child emulated his father in all ways, trying to wear clothes like his, talk like him, and become a doctor like him.
v: to emulate something/someone
def: overly plain or simple to the point of being boring; lacking imagination. Used to describe objects or ideas (not people).
ex: Epic similes compare prosaic, everyday events, like fishing, to epic, exciting actions, like being caught by a sea monster. Our lives are full of prosaic minutiae: we answer emails, drink coffee, drive to work; none of it is exciting or magical.
def: understated; delicately complex; not obvious
ex: He was not subtle about asking her to prom: he announced it over the loudspeaker in the middle of what was supposed to be a moment of silence. I just barely scented the subtle aroma of nutmeg in the house.
def: to back up; to provide evidence of the truth
ex: A single, anonymous source cannot substantiate an accusation of murder.
v: to substantiate (something)
adj: substantiated (or unsubstantiated)
def: lasting for only a short period of time, impermanent
ex: Odysseus’s life is defined by transience: he can never stay in one place for too long. Her happiness was transient; it soon gave way to fear.
n: transient (a homeless person), transience (idea)