10 Latin Roots in 5 English Words
Dear Latin Teacher,
What are the Latin roots of the words viaduct
, and grandiloquence
? Thank you.
The list of Latin root words you have requested proves how powerful Latin is for building advanced English vocabulary. Every word you asked for contains two Latin roots!viaduct
= road; duct
is from the verb meaning to lead. So a viaduct leads a road over otherwise impassable ground, such as a wide valley.equanimity
= even, equal; animus
= mind. So to have equanimity is be of a calm, balanced, even-keeled mind.jurisdiction
: jus, iuris
= right or law; diction is from the Latin word meaning to say (dico, dicere, dixi, dictus). So the root meaning of jurisdiction is a pronouncement of law.sacrilege
: sacer, sacra, sacrum
is a Latin adjective meaning sacred; legere
is a Latin verb meaning to choose, select. The root meaning of sacrilege is to take (i.e. steal) what is sacred.grandiloquence
: loquor, loqui, locutus sum
= to speak. Grandiloquence means grand or lofty speaking.
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