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February 13, 2017

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 59

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 58, we learnt about the prefix ProtoProto represents the meanings first; originalToday we shall see the prefix pseudo Happy Reading :)

Note : If you are new to these lessons, read the Introductory Lesson from HERE for better understanding.

Day 59 : Pseudo

  • Pseudo - false; not genuine
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • pseudograph (noun) = a false document
    • pseudo - Prefix = false
    • graph (graphe) - Root = write
  • pseudonym (noun) = a name used by somebody, especially a writer, instead of their real name
    • pseudo - Prefix = false
    • onym (onoma) - Root = name
Let's have a look at some more words with prefixes, for better understanding.
  • Pseudoclassic - pretending to be a classic
  • Pseudodox - a false opinion
  • Pseudographize - write or print incorrectly
  • Pseudogyny - the use of a feminine name by a male author
  • Pseudolatry - false worship
  • Pseudological - falsified
  • Pseudologist - a liar
  • Pseudology - the art of lying
  • Pseudomania - a mania for making false statements; also exaggerations
  • Pseudomorph - an irregular or deceptive form
  • Pseudonym - a name adopted by an author for his writings; a pen name
  • Pseudonymal - relating to a pen name
  • Pseudonymity - the use of a pen name by an author
  • Pseudonymous - using a fictitious name
  • Pseudopsia - false vision; optical illusion
  • Pseudoptics - the branch of psychology which treats optical illusions
  • Pseudosim - a tendency to that which is false
  • Pseudosmia - afalse sense of smell
Home Work :

Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
  1. -morpho
  2. -photo
  3. -ortho
  4. -plasma
a. to shape
b. form
c. light
d. straight

Try to match the above elements with given meanings.  Solve it on your own and

That's all for today guys..... Thank you :)

You can read Old Lessons of this series from here
Shraboni Chakraborty
Asstt. Professor
English and Foreign Languages University,
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