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A strong verbal or written attack on a person, opinion, doctrine, etc. Greek “polemikos”=warlike, hostile < “polemos”=war < Indo-European “pelemiksein”=to shake.


A structure with a square or triangular base and sloping sides that meet in a point at the top. Middle French “pyramide” < Latin “pyramis” < Greek “piramis”=Egyptian royal tomb.

The ability to understand and share the feelings of someone else. Greek “empatheia” < “em-“=in + “pathos”=feeling.

A thing, event or situation that people don’t understand or can’t explain. Latin “mysterium”=secret rites < Greek “musterion”=secret < “muein”=to close the eyes or lips.

A tiny aggregate of a mineral in sedimentary rock, usually occurring in a round cluster. French “framb(oise)”=raspberry (a reference to the shape) + Greek “oeidis”=having the appearance of, looking like.

Telling the future by magic or sorcery. Greek “magus”=sorcerer, wise man < Old Persian “magus” + Greek “-mancy”=suffix meaning “fortune telling by…” < “mantis”=prophet.

A split of a group into two, usually caused by disagreement about its aims and beliefs. Middle English “scisme” < Old French “cisme” < Latin “schisma” < Greek “skisma ‘” < “skizein”=to split.

Total destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire. French “holocauste”=a sacrifice by fire < Latin “holocaustum” < Greek “holokauston” < “holos”=whole’ + “kaiein”=to burn.

A small Australian mammal with duck-like beak, webbed feet, and a wide flat tail. Greek “platupous”=flatfooted < “plati-“=flat + “pous”=foot.

A large animal of the cat family that lives in Africa and parts of S. Asia. The male has a mane. Anglo-Norman “liun” < Latin “leo” < Greek “leon.”

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