[Word-ology] What Can We Learn From “Reflect”

💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡

Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.


1.seduce=se-[away]+duc-[lead]+e-[v.]

Definition: to persuade sb to do sth that they would not usually agree to do by making it seem very attractive

2.inducement=in-[in]+duc-[lead]+ment-[n.]

Definition: something that is given to sb to persuade them to do sth


Today, we are going to learn a new etymon ”flect’‘ with the word ”reflect”. The etymon ”flect means ”bend” and it is used in many words.

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The word consists of two etyma, the first “re” means “back” and the second one “flect” means “bend“. Another form of this etymon is “flex“, as in the word “flexible“. Therefore, the meaning of the word reflect is bend back, for example, the light can be reflected (bend back) from the surface of sth such as a mirror, water, or glass, and that’s how we can see the image of ourselves in the mirror. Besides, our attitude or feeling can also be reflected in an abstract way, and “reflect” here simply means “to show”.

For example:

His face was reflected in the mirror.

The windows reflected the sunlight.

This article reflects the views of the writer.

The definition forreflect in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “to cause to change direction and to give back as an image“.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

inflexible=in-[not]+flex-[bend]+ible-[adj, be able to]

He is stubborn and inflexible.

deflect=de-[aside]+flect-[bend]

He raised his arm to try to deflect the punch.

All attempts to deflect attention from his private life have failed.


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11 Comments

    • Your haze face reflect that you are not satisfied on his work.

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  • The writer implicitly reflects the anomaly that in new policy has.

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  • *inflexible* : unable to bent away from, or towards, a new though, idea, or way of life.

    **Deflect**: to redirect something that is ultimately on a path to make immediate impact with an additional person, place, or thing.

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