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Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is EU-:
eugenics (noun) – the study of or belief in improvement of the human species through the control of hereditary factors
BREAKDOWN: EU- (good) + GEN- (birth) + -IC (pertaining to)
eulogy (noun) – a public speech or oration honoring the virtues or achievements of someone recently deceased
BREAKDOWN: EU- (good) + LOG- (speech) + -Y (act or state)
euphemism (noun) – the substitution of a pleasant or inoffensive term for one that is unacceptable or unpleasant; the word substituted
BREAKDOWN: EU- (good) + PHEM- (say) + -ISM (process or result)
euphonic (adj) – sounding good or sweet; pleasing to the ear
BREAKDOWN: EU- (good) + PHON- (sound) + -IC (exhibiting)
euphoria (noun) – a feeling of bliss or great happiness
BREAKDOWN: EU- (good) + PHOR- (bearing) + -IA (condition)
euthanasia (noun) – the practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals in a painless way as a merciful end to life
BREAKDOWN: EU- (good) + THANA- (death) + -IA (condition)
The Eumenides (meaning “The Gracious Ones”) is a euphemism for the Furies, ancient Greek goddesses of revenge and remorse.
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