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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





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






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





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



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



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










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