Etymology Project

Disconcerted

Origin

The origin of the word disconcerted is obsolete French.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. To disturb the self-possession of; perturb; ruffle

2. To throw into disorder or confusion; disarrange


My Definition:

~To cause chaos; to disrupt; to confuse

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~Dis-apart, away


Suffixes:

~Ed-forms past participle


Parts of Speech:

~Disconcerted-adjective

~Disconcert-verb


Roots:

~Disconcert

Synonyms

~flustered
~fazed
~rattled

Pronounciation

dis-kuh n-sur-ted

Sentences

1. She was disconcerted after the teacher explained the math lesson to her.


2. They were all disconcerted when the lights flipped on after they had been sitting in the dark.

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Tenacious

Origin

The origin of tenacious is unknown, but the first known use was circa 1600.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold

2. Highly retentive

3. Pertinacious; persistent; stubborn; or obstinate

4. Adhesive or sticky; viscous or glutinous

5. Holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough


My Definition:

~Something or someone that is stubborn or hard to throw

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~None


Suffixes:

~Ious-having the quality of


Parts of Speech:

~Tenacious-adjective

~Tenaciously-adverb

~Tenaciousness-noun

~Overtenacious-adjective

~Overtenaciously-adverb

~Overtenaciousness-noun


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~strong-willed
~spunky
~unshakeable

Pronounciation

tuh-ney-shuh s

Sentences

1. He was tenacious in his political viewpoint.


2. The goalie was tenacious, he wasn't letting anybody score a goal.

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Facetious

Origin

The origin of the word facetious is unknown, but the first known use was circa 1590.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Not meant to be taken seriously or literally

2. Amusing; humorous

3. Lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential; amusing, or frivolous


My Definition:

~Meant as a joke; funny; not serious

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~None


Suffixes:

~Ious-having the quality of


Parts of Speech:

~Facetious-adjective

~Facetiously-adverb

~Facetiousness-noun


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~Jocose
~Punning

~Whimsical

Pronounciation

fuh-see-shuh s

Sentences

1. Her facetious attitude caused a lot of people to be confused on whether she was joking or not sometimes.


2. He was very facetious and could never be taken seriously.

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Extraneous

Origin

The origin of the word extraneous is Latin.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Introduced or coming from without; not belonging or proper to a thing; external; foreign

2. Not pertinent; irrelevant


My Definition:

~Not belonging to something; unfamiliar; unrelated

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~Extra-beyond


Suffixes:

~Eous-composed of


Parts of Speech:

~Extraneous-adjective

~Extraneoously-adverb

~Extraneousness-noun


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~nonessential
~unconnected
~inapplicable

Pronounciation

ik-strey-nee-uh s

Sentences

1. There were a lot of extraneous details in the book.


2. The extraneous details in the instructions caused it to take longer to put the cabinet together.