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Vanus, empty; vanity, vanish, vain (F.)
veyance (F.), convex.
covenant (F.) Verbum, a word; verb, adverb, verbose,
(F.), revise (F.)
vict, victory, convince.
Vitium, a fault; vice (F.), vitiate, vicious
(F.) Vivo (victum), I live; vivid, revive, viands
(F.), survive. Voco (vocatum), I call; vocal, vowel (F.),
vocation, revoke, vociferate. Volo, I wish; volition, voluntary, benev
olence. Volvo (volutum), I roll; revolve, involve,
evolution, volume. Voveo (votum), I vow; vote, devote, vow
(F.) Vulgus, the common people; vulgar, di
Agon, a contest; agony, antagonist. Eikon, an image; iconoclast.
Eu, well; eucharist, euphony, evangelist. Archo, I begin, rule; monarch, archaic, Gamos, marriage ; bigamy, monogamist, archbishop, archdeacon.
misogamy. Arithmos, number; arithmetic.
Gē, the earth ; geography, geometry, geoAster or astron, a star; astronomy, astro logy. logy, asteroid, disaster.
Gennao, produce; genesis, genealogy, Atmos, vapour; atmosphere
hydrogen, oxygen. Autos, self; autocrat, autograph.
Grapho, I write ; gramma, a letter; graBallo, 1 throw; symbol, parable.
phic, grammar, telegraph, biography, Bapto, I dip; baptise, baptist.
diagram. Baros, weight; barometer, baritone. Haima, blood; hæmorrhage, hæmorrhoid. Biblos, a book ; Bible, bibliomania. Haireo, I take away; heresy, heretic. Bios, life; biography, biology, amphi- Hecaton, a hundred; hecatomb, hectobious.
inetre. Cheir, the hand; surgeon [older form, Helios, the sun ; heliograph, heliotype. chirurgeon).
Hemi, half; hemisphere. Cholē, bile; melancholy, choler.
Hïeros, sacred ; hierarchy, hieroglyphic. Chrio, 1 anoint ; Christ, chrism.
Hippos, a horse; hippopotamus, hippoChronos, time; chronology, chronic, chron. drome. icle, chronometer.
Hõdos, a way; method, period, exodus. Daktălos, a finger; dactyl, pterodactyl, Hómos, the same; homeopathy, homodate (the fruit).
geneous. Deka, ten; decagon, decalogue, decade. Hudor, water; hydraulic, hydrophobia, Dēmos, the people; democrat, endemic, hydrogen. epidemic.
Ichthus, a fish; ichthyology. Dokeo, I think; doxa and dogma, an Idios, one's own ; idiom, idiot, idiosyn.
opinion; doxology, orthodox, hetero. crasy. dox, dogma, dogmatic.
Isos, equal ; isochronous, isobaric (of equal Drao, I do; drama, dramatic.
weight), isosceles. Dunămis, power ; dynamics, dynamite. Kalos, beautiful; caligraphy, kaleidoscope. Eidos, form; kaleidoscope, spheroid. Kephalē, the head ; hydrocephalus.
Klino, I bend; clinical, climax, climate. Phileo, I love ; philosophy, Philadelphia, Kosmos, order; cosmogony, cosmography, philharmonic. cosmetic.
Phonē, a sound ; phonic, phonetic, euKrino, I judge ; critic, criterion, hypo phony, symphony. crite.
Phos (phot-os), light ; photometer, photoKuklos, a circle ; cycle, cycloid, cyclone. graph. Kuon (kun-os), a dog ; cynic, cynicism. Phusis, nature; physics, physiology, phy. Lègo, I say, choose ; eclectic, lexicon.
sician, Lithos, a stone : lithograph, aerolite. Poieo, I make; poet, poetic, pharmacopæia. Logos, a word, speech ; logic, dialogue, Polis, a city ; Constantinople, metropolis. geology.
Polus, many; polytheist, Polynesia, polyLuo, I loosen ; dialysis, analysis, paralysis. anthus, polygamy. Mētēr, a mother ; metropolis, metropo- Pous (pod-os), a foot ; antipodes, tripod. litan.
Protos, first; prototype, protoplasm. Metron, a measure ; metre, metronome, Pur, fire; pyrotechnic, pyre.
diameter, thermometer, barometer. Rheo, I flow; rhetoric, catarrh, rheuMõnos, alone ; monastery, monogram, mo
matic. nosyllable, monopoly, monarch.
Skopeo, I see microscope, telescope, Morphē, shape ; amorphous, dimorphous, spectroscope, bishop (from episkopos, metamorphic.
an overseer). Naus, a ship; nautical, nausea.
Sophia, wisdom ; sophist, philosophy. Nekros, a dead body; necropolis, necro. Stello, I send ; apostle, epistle. mancy.
Stratos, an army; strategy, strategic. Nomos, a law; autonomous, astronomy, Strěpho, I turn ; catastrophe, apostrophe. Deuteronomy.
Technē, an art ; technical. Oikos, a house ; economy, economical. Tělë, distant; telegraph, telescope, teleOnoma, a name ; anonymous, synony. phone, telegram. mous, patronymic.
Temno, I cut; anatomy, lithotomy. Optomai, I see ; optics, synoptical. Tetra, four; tetrachord, tetrarch. Orthos, right ; orthodoxy, orthography. Theāomai, I see ; theatre, theory. Pais (paid-os), a boy; pedagogue (lit. a Theos, a god : theist, enthusiast, theology. boy-leader).
Thermē, heat ; thermal, thermometer, Pan, all : pantheist, panoply, pantomime. isotherm. Pathos, feeling; pathetic, sympathy. Tithēmi, I place; thēsis, a placing; syn. Pente, five ; pentagon, pentateuch, Pente. thesis, hypothesis. cost.
Treis, three ; triangle, trigonometry, triPetra, a rock ; petrify, petrel, Peter. pod, trinity, trichord. Phainomai, I appear ; phenomenon, phan. Trěpo, I turn ; trophy, tropic, heliotrope. tasy, phantom, fantastic, fancy.
Tupos, the impress of a seal ; type, stereoPhero, 1 bear ; periphery, phosphorus type. (=the light-bearer).
Zoon, an animal ; zoology, zodiac.
WORDS DERIVED FROM THE NAMES OF
Argosy, from the name of the ship Argo, in which Jason and his com
panions sailed to the Black Sea to find the Golden Fleece. Used by Shakespeare, in the “Merchant of Venice,” i. 1. 9, in the sense of trad
ing vessel. Assassins, the name of a fanatical Syrian sect of the thirteenth century,
who, under the influence of a drug prepared from hemp, called haschisch, rushed into battle against the Crusaders, and slaughtered
many of their foes. Atlas, one of the Titans, or earlier gods, who was so strong that he was said
to carry the world on his shoulders. August, from Augustus Cæsar, the second Emperor of Rome. Bacchanalian, from the festival called Bacchanalia ; from Bacchus, the
Roman god of wine. Boycott (to), from Captain Boycott, a land-agent in the west of Ireland,
sent to Coventry” by all his neighbours; they would neither speak to him, buy from him, or sell to him—by order of the “Irish
Land League." Chimera, a totally imaginary and grotesque image or conception ; from
Chimæra, a monster in the Greek mythology, half goat, half lion. Cicerone, a guide ; from Cicero, the greatest Roman orator and writer of
speeches that ever lived. (Guides who described antiquities, etc., were
supposed to be as "fluent as Cicero.”) Cravat, from the Croats or Crabali of Croatia, who supplied an army
corps to Austria, in which long and large neck-ties were worn by the
soldiers. Dahlia, from Dahl, a Swedish botanist, who introduced the flower into
Europe. Draconian (code), a very severe code ; from Draco, a severe Athenian legis
lator, who decreed death for every crime, great or small. His laws
were said to have been “written in blood.” Dunce, from Duns Scotus, a great philosopher (or “schoolman ') of the
Middle Ages, who died 1308. The followers of Thomas Aquinas called “ Thomists,” looked down upon those of Duns, who were called “Scotists,” and in course of time “Dunces."
Epicure, a person fond of good living ; from Epicurus, a great Greek phil.
osopher. His enemies misrepresented him as teaching that pleasure
was the highest or chiefest good. Euphuistic (style), a style of high-flown refinement; from Euphues (the
well-born man), the title of a book written in the reign of Elizabeth, by John Lyly, which introduced a too ingenious and far-fetched way
of speaking and writing in her Court. Fauna, the collective name for all the animals of a region or country ; from
Faunus, a Roman god of the woods and country. (The Fauni were minor rural deities of Rome, who had the legs, feet, and ears of a goat,
and the other parts of the body of a human shape.) Flora, the collective name for all the plants and flowers of a region or
country; from Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers. Galvanism, from Galvani, an Italian physicist, lecturer on anatomy at
Bologna, who discovered, by experiments on frogs, that animals are
endowed with a certain kind of electricity. Gordian (kno the knot tied by Gordius a king of Phrygia, who had been
originally a peasant. The knot by which he tied the draught-pole of his chariot to the yoke was so intricate, that no one could untie it. A rumour spread that the oracle had stated that the empire of Asia would belong to him who should untie the Gordian knot. Alexander the Great, to encourage his soldiers, tried to untie it; but, finding that he could not, he cut it through with his sword, and declared that
he had thus fulfilled the oracle. Guillotine, an instrument for beheading at one stroke, used in France.
It was invented during the time of the Revolution by Dr Guillotin. Hansom (cab), from the name of its inventor. Hector (to), to talk big; from Hector, the bravest of the Trojans, as
Achilles was the bravest of the Grecian chiefs. Hermetically (sealed), so sealed as to entirely exclude the outer air ;
from Hermes, the name of the Greek god who corresponds to the Roman god Mercury. Hermes was fabled to be the inventor of
chemistry. Jacobin, a revolutionist of the extremest sort; from the hall of the
Jacobin Friars in Paris, where the revolutionists used to meet.
Robespierre was for some time their chief. Jacobite, a follower of the Stuart family ; from James II. (in Latin
Jacobus), who was driven from the English throne in 1688. January, from the Roman god Janus, a god with two faces, “looking
before and after." Jovial, with the happy temperament of a person born under the influence
of the star Jupiter or Jove ; a term taken from the old astrology.
(Opposed to saturnine, gloomy, because born under the star Saturn.) July, from Julius, in honour of Julius Cæsar, the great Roman general,
writer, and statesman—who was born in this month. Lazarettor or Lazar-house, from Lazarus, the beggar at the gate of
Dives, in Luke xvi. The word is corrupted into lizard in Lizardpoint, where a lazar-house once stood, for the reception of sick people
from on board ship. Lynch-law, from a famous Judge Lynch, of Tennessee, who made short
work of his trials, and then of his criminals. Macadamise, to make roads of fragments of stones, which afterwards
cohere in one mass ; from John Loudon Macadam, the inventor, who, in 1827, received from the Government a reward of £10,000 for his
plan. March, from Mars, the Roman god of war. Martinet, a severe disciplinarian, with an eye for the smallest details ;
from General Martinet, a strict commander of the time of Louis XIV.
of France. Mausoleum, a splendidly built tomb; from Mausölus, King of Caria in
Asia Minor, to whom his widow erected a gorgeous burial-chamber. Mentor, an adviser ; from Mentor, the aged counsellor of Telémăchus, the
son of Ulysses. Mercurial, of light, airy, and quick-spirited temperament, as having been
born under the planet Mercury (compare Jovial, Saturnine, etc.) Panic, a sudden and unaccountable terror; from Pan, the god of flocks
and shepherds. He was fabled to appear suddenly to travellers. Parrot (= Little Peter, or Peterkin), from the French Perrot = Pierrot,
from Pierre, Peter. Compare Magpie= Margaret Pie; Jackdaw;
Robin-redbreast ; Cuddy (from Cuthbert), a donkey, etc. Petrel, the name of a sea-bird that skims the tops of the waves in a storm,
the diminutive of Peter. It is an allusion to Matthew xiv, 29. These
birds are called by sailors “Mother Carey's chickens.” Phaeton, a kind of carriage ; from Phäethon, a son of Apollo, who received
from his father permission to guide the chariot of the Sun for a single
day. Philippic, a violent political speech directed against a person ; from the
orations made by Demosthenes, the great Athenian orator, against
Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. Plutonic (rocks), igneous rocks (created by the action of fire)—in oppo
sition to sedimentary rocks, which have been formed by the depositing
action of water ; from Pluto, the Roman god of the infernal regions. Protean, assuming many shapes ; from Proteus, a sea-deity, who had
received the gift of prophecy from Neptune, but who was very
difficult to catch, as he could take whatever form he pleased. Quixotic, fond of utterly impracticable designs ; from Don Quixote, the
hero of the national Spanish romance, by Cervantes. Don Quixote is made to tilt at windmills, proclaim and make war against whole nations by himself, and do many other chivalrous and absurd
things. Simony, the fault of illegally buying and selling church livings; from
Simon Magus. (See Acts viii. 18.)