Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PREFIX MEANINGS


prefix
meaning
example
a-
not, not affected by
amoral
ante-
before
antecedent
anti-
against
anti-pollution
arch-
chief
arch-rival
auto-
self
autobiography
bi-
two
bipartisan
bio-
(from biology)
biodiversity
circum-
around
circumference
co-
joint, together
co-worker
contra-
opposite
contradiction
counter-
against
counteract
crypto-u
hidden
crypto-fascist
de-
making the opposite of
demystify
demi-
half
demigod
di-
two
dialogue
dis-
making the opposite of
disagree
du-/duo-
two
duologue
eco-
(from ecology)
eco-tourism
Euro-
(from European)
Eurodollar
ex-
former
ex-husband
out of
extract
fore-
in the front of, ahead of
forerunner
hyper-
very big
hypermarket
in-
not, opposite of
inexact
in, into
insert
inter-
between
inter-state
intra-
inside
intravenous
mal-
bad(ly)
maladministration
mega-
very large
megastar
mid-
middle
midlife
midi-
medium-sized
midi-length
mini-
small
minimarket
mis-
wrong, false
misadventure
mono-
one
monogamy
multi-
many
multi-layered
neo-
new
neolithic
non-
not, opposite of
non-partisan
out-
beyond
outreach
over-
too much
overreach
para-
ancillary
paramedic
beyond
paranormal
poly-
many
polymath
post-
after
post-election
pre-
before
pre-election
pro-
for
pro-gun
deputy
proconsul
pseudo-
false
pseudo-intellectual
re-
again
rerun
back
reverse
retro-
backwards
retrograde
self-
self
self-sufficient
semi-
half
semi-serious
sub-
below
sub-zero
super-
more than, special
superhuman
supra-
above
suprasensuous
sur-
more than, beyond
surreal
tele-
at a distance
television
trans-
across
trans-Siberian
tri-
three
tripartite
ultra-
beyond
ultraviolet
very much indeed
ultra-careful
un-
not, opposite of
unnecessary
reversal, cancellation
untie
under-
below, less than
underachieve
uni-
one
unitary
vice-
deputy
vice-chancellor
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