[Word-ology] Circumscribe = Circum+Scrib+E

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

  1. gregarious=greg-[group]+arious-[adj., having the quality of]
    Definition: liking to be with other people
  2. congregate=con-[together]+greg-[group]+ate-[v.]
    Definition: to come together in a group

Today, we are going to learn a new etymon scrib‘ with the word circumscribe. The etymonscrib means write” and it is an important component in many words!

7.10 Word-ology (1)

The word consists of three etyma. The first “circum” means “around“. The second “scrib” means “write“. The third one “e” tells us that this word is a verb. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the meaning of the word circumscribe is draw/write around (line, limitation).”

And in Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary, “circumscribe” means “to limit sb./sth.’s freedom, rights, power, etc.“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here’s an example to use “circumscribe“:

The power of the king was circumscribed by the new law.

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



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