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August

 

Plausible

 

Modern Definition: 1.) Apparently right; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable; having an appearance of truth or reason. 2.) Well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust.

Meaning Up From the Roots: Deserving of applause

 

Root 1: plaus
Meaning: applaud, clap, strike

 

Root 2: ible
Meaning: deserving of

 

Related Words: plaudit, implode, applaud, explosion

 

 

 

July

 

inveterate

 

Modern Definition: 1) Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual. 2) Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing.

Meaning Up From the Roots: (Having the) quality of being old, long-standing upon (it).

 

Root 1: in

Meaning: on

 

Root 2: veter

Meaning: old, long-standing

 

Root 3: ate

Meaning: quality of

 

Related Words: veteran, veterinarian, vet, inveteracy

 

 
June

 

Brevity

 

Modern Definition: Shortness of time or duration; shortness or conciseness of expression.

Meaning Up From the Roots: quality of short

 

Root 1: brev

Meaning: short

 

Root 2: ity

Meaning: quality of

 

Related Words: abbreviate, abbreviation, abridge, brief

 

 
May

 

Emblematic

 

Modern Definition: pertaining to, serving as or consisting of an object or a representation that functions as a symbol, representation or allegorical picture; symbolic

Meaning Up From the Roots: characterized by throwing (something) on

 

Root 1: em

Meaning: on

 

Root 2: ball, ble, blem, bol, bol(e)

Meaning: throw, cast; dance, throw oneself around

 

Root 3: atic

Meaning: characterized by

 

Related Words: hyperbole, parable, diabolically, ballerina

Etymological Story: from Greek, emblematikos "pertaining to embossed ornament"

 

 
 

April

 

Vestige

 

Modern Definition: 1) A mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present. 2) A surviving evidence or remainder of some condition, practice, etc. 3) A slight trace of something. 4) A small, degenerate, or imperfectly developed part which was more fully developed and performed a useful function in some earlier developmental stage. 

Meaning Up From the Roots: footprint
 

Root 1: vestig(e)
Meaning: footprint

Related Words: investigate, investigation, vestigial 

 
 
 
March
 

Tenacious

 

Modern Definition: 1) Persistent; obstinate; stubborn. 2) Holding fast, or characterized by keeping a firm hold; inclined to retain what is in possession; highly retentive. 3) Holding together; cohesive; tough.

Meaning Up From the Roots: tendency to hold, grasp, persist

 

Root 1: ten

Meaning: hold, reach, occupy, persist, remain, grasp

 

Root 2: acious
Meaning: tending to

 

Etymological Story: from Latin tenax "holing fast"
Related Words: untenable, countenance, tenacity, tenement, sustenance, lieutenant, retention, tenet, tenant, contented

 
 
 
February

 

Rejuvenate

 

Modern Definition: To make young again; to restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.; to give or get new life or energy. To restore to a former state; to make fresh or new again.
Meaning Up From the Roots: to make young again.

 

Root 1: re
Meaning: again

 

Root 2: juven
Meaning: young

 

Root 3: ate
Meaning: to make

 

Etymological Story: From Latin juvenis "young"
Related Words: juvenile, junior, June, Juno

 

 

 

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2016

June
 

 

Modern Definition: Not open to attack or assault, as by military force or argument. Not subject to denial or dispute.

Meaning Up From The Roots: Not able to be leaped to (overcome)

 

Root One: un

Meaning: not

 

Root Two: as

Meaning: to, toward, by

 

Root Three: sail

Meaning: leap, spring forward, jump

 

Root Four: able

Meaning: able to, can do

 

Related Words: assailant, assault, desultory, somersault, insult

 

 

May
 

 

Modern Definition: Fortunate; favorable; indicative of a successful outcome.

Meaning Up From The Roots: Pertaining to observing birds.

Etymological Story: Predicting events based on the flight of birds; for example, sea captains see the birds before they land.

 

Root One: au

Meaning: bird

 

Root Two: spic

Meaning: view, look, see

 

Root Three: ious

Meaning: pertaining to

 

Related Words: augur, suspicious, conspicuous, despicable

 
April
 

 

Modern Definition: 1) Characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent. 2) Intensely devoted, eager or enthusiastic; zealous. 3) Vehement; fierce. 4) Burning, fiery or hot.

Meaning Up From The Roots: Quality of burning.

 

Root One: ard

Meaning: burn

 

Root Two: ent

Meaning: quality of

 

Related Words: arson, ardor, arid

 
March
 

 

Modern Definition: 1) Faultless; flawless; irreproachable. 2) Not liable to sin; incapable of sin.

Meaning Up From The Roots: Not able to stumble, sin

 

Root One: im

Meaning: not

 

Root Two: pecc

Meaning: sin, stumble

 

Root Three: able

Meaning: able to

 

Related Words: peccadillo

 

 
February
 

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A logophile is a person who loves words. A person who enjoys having an expansive vocabulary.  A person who loves the way words interact with each other to create sentences.

 

Modern Definition: a lover of words

Meaning Up From The Roots: Lover of words

 

Root One: logo

Meaning: words

 

Root Two: phile

Meaning: love, friend

 

Related Words: epilogue, monologue, prologue, syllogism, philosophy, bibliophile, philanthropy, Philadelphia, philosopher