List of Greek morphemes used in English

Greek morphemes are parts of words originating from the Greek language. This article lists Greek morphemes used in the English language.

Common morphemes

Morpheme Definition Example Word
Anthrop Humankind Anthropology: the study of humankind [see ology]
Andr Man Android: a machine made to look like a man
Phil Love Philanthropy: the desire to help others [see anthrop]
Miso Hate Misology: the dislike of arguments (see log)
Eu Good Euphony: pleasant combinations of sound [see phon]
Caco Bad Cacography: poor handwriting [see graph]
Micro Small Microscopic: so small it's hard to see [see scop]
Macro Long Macrocosm: any large thing; universe
Mega Large Megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of power [see mania]
Graph; gram Write; draw; record Telegraph: the long-distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters [see tele]
Phon Sound Euphonic: Pleasing to the ear [see eu]
Scop; scept Look at; examine Kaleidoscope: A toy in which reflections from mirrors make patterns
Tel; tele Far; distant Telephone: Apparatus designed to convert sound waves into electrical waves which are sent to and reproduced data distant point [see phon]
Biblio book Bibliophobia: the fear of books [see phobia]
Mania Madness Pyromaniac: A person suffering from pyromania; A person who is obsessed with fire; one who lights things on fire
Phobia Fear of Arachnaphobia: The fear of spiders
Arch Rule; govern Gynarchy: Government by a woman [see gyn]
Archae Ancient; old Archaeology: The science or study of antiquities, esp. prehistoric antiquities, such as the remains of buildings or monuments of an early epoch, inscriptions, implements, and other relics, written manuscripts, etc. [see ology]
Dem People Democracy: Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people
Gen Origin; kind Genesis: the first book in the Bible
Gyn Woman Misogyny: The hatred of women [see miso]
Log Word; idea; study dialog: A conversation between people. (dia: through) + (logos: speech, reason) = ("exchange of thoughts")
Hetero Unlike; different Heterogeneous: Differing in kind; having unlike qualities; possessed of different characteristics; differing in origin [see gen]
Homo Same Homogenous: Having a resemblance in structure, due to descent from a common progenitor with subsequent modification [see gen]
Poly Many poly
Olig Few oligarchy: a form of government all the power resides with few people [see arch]
Pan All pandemic: prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world [see dem]
Gon Angle Polygon: a many sided shape [see poly]
Mancy Prophecy Bibliomancy: prophesying by use of books [see biblio]
Hemi Half Hemisphere: one of the halves into which the earth is divided
Erg Work Ergonomics: the science of equipment design, intended to maximize productivity, especially in the workplace
Hem; haem Blood Hemorrhage: a profuse discharge of blood
Theo God Atheist: one who believes in no gods
Chrom Color Polychrome: having many colors [see poly]
Chron Time Chronological: being in time order
Latry Worship Idolatry: the religious worship of idols
Helio Sun Heliotherapy: therapeutic exposure to sunlight [see therap]
Therap Cure Therapy: Treatment of illness or disability
Di Two Dichromatic: having two colors [see chrom]
Iso Equal Isography: Imitation of another's handwriting [see graph]
Rhea Flood; gush; burst Logorhea: a flood of words spoken quickly (see log)
Bath Depth Bathometer: a device measuring depth (see meter)
Meter Measure Diameter: the length of a straight line passing from side to side of any figure or body, through its center
Ortho Correct; straight Orthodontics: the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth
Dyn Power Dynasty: a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group
Path Feeling; disease Sociopath: a person, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
Stat; Stas Stop Static: showing little or no change
Mono One Monopoly: an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
Cycl Circle Bicycle: a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat. [see bi]
Centr Center Centerpiece: an ornamental object used in a central position, esp. on the center of a dining-room table.
Geo Earth Geology: the study of the earth

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