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

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

extort= ex-[out]+tort[twist]
Definition: to get something by force or threats, or with difficulty
retort= re-[back]+tort[twist]
Definition: a quick answer that is angry or funny


Today we will learn the new root “scrib“. It means “write” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “circumscribe” together.

In the word “circumscribe“, “circum” means “around“, “scribe” means “write” and “e” means that this word is a “verb” By combining them together we can deduce that “circumscribe” means “limitation around

According to WordNet, “circumscribe” means “draw a line around or restrict“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here is one example to use “circumscribe” :

The army evidently fears that, under him, its activities would be severely circumscribed.


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

proscribe= pro-[in front of]+scrib[write]+e[v.]

nondescript= non-[not]+descript[describe]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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