Topics: Zeus, Ancient Greece, Greek alphabet Pages: 3 (988 words) Published: January 23, 2014
te Ancient Greece Vocabulary 1 These words have a Greek root or they are related to the study of Ancient Greece. 1. Graphic – (adj.) Described in a clear, effective, and vivid manner. From the Greek graphein meaning “to write” A graphic description of the Beijing skyline would help a person to visualize the scene. 2. Exhilarate – (verb) To make extremely happy, to inspire. From the Greek hilaros, meaning “Cheerful.” Exhilarated by their first prize in the debate contest, the students ran off the bus shouting, “We won!” 3. Monologue – (noun) Long speech made by one person. From the Greek words monos, meaning “one” and the word logos, meaning “speech” The professor started a long, boring monologue about the nesting habits of certain types of sea birds. 4. Ecstatic – (adj.) Overwhelmingly joyful; intensely delighted. From the Greek word existanai, meaning to “drive out of one’s senses.” The game show contestant was ecstatic because she won a trip around the world by answering 20 tough questions correctly. 5. Symmetry – (noun) A relationship of balance between different objects or different parts of the same object. From the Greek syn, meaning “like”, and metron, meaning “measure.” Some trees exhibit symmetry because they have the same number of branches on each side of the trunk. 6. Pragmatic – (adj.) Concerned with needs and results rather than theories. From the Greek work prattein, meaning “to do” Pragmatic people want to get things done efficiently in every instance. 7. Monopoly – (noun) Complete control by one group of the means of producing or selling a product or service, a company having complete control. From the Greek word monos, meaning “one” and polein, meaning “to sell.” The Chinese government’s monopoly of ticket sales to the Olympics allowed them to sell the tickets to whoever they wanted and for whatever price they wanted. 8. Analyze – (verb) To break down into parts...
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