Prefixes  Suffixes

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List of Prefixes

Looking for a list of prefixes? Then you've come to the right page. Below you'll find prefixes in a list designed to assist you in learning their meanings and their uses.

What's more, the list you'll find below may well be the most complete list on the Web. If it isn't... it's pretty darn close!

Due to the number of prefixes, we've placed the prefixes alphabetically so that they would be easier for you to learn.

You'll find a link below the list of prefixes on this page to take you to the second page of prefixes.

Again, we did it in two pages simply because the list of prefixes was so long that we wanted to break it up a little.

The prefixes below are from A through L, on the next page you'll find those beginning with the letters M through Z.

Prefixes   Meanings   Use

away from

abduct = lead away, kidnap,
abjure = renounce
abscond = run off secretly
to, forward
advance = move forward
accord = agreement, harmony,
affliction = cause by distress
aggregation = collection,
annexation = addition,
appease = bring toward peace,
arraignment = indictment,
assumption = taking for granted,
attendance = present, in person

ambi both
ambiguous = double meaning,
ambivalent = having conflicting emotions
ambidextrous = using both hands equally well
an, a without

anarchy = lack of government,
amoral = without morals
atypical = not typical
ante before
antecedent = preceding event or word,
antediluvian = ancient
antecessor = one going before
anti against, opposite
antipathy = hatred of,
antithetical = exactly opposite
anticlimax = something trivial
arch chief, first
archetype = original, first, head
archbishop = chief bishop
archangel = head angel
be over, thoroughly
bemuze = humor, intrigue
befuddle = confuse thoroughly
bemoan = protest, express regret
bi two
bicameral = composed of two houses,
biennial = every two years
bicycle = with two wheels
cata down
catastrophe = disaster,
cataract = waterfall,
catapult = hurl

circum around
circumnavigate = sail around,
circumspect = cautious,
circumscribe = limit
circumstances = situation surrounding you
with, together

combine = merge with,
coeditor = joint editor,
collateral = subordinate, connected
conference = meeting,
corroborate = confirm

contra, contro against
contravene = conflict with
contraband = against rules, law controversy = dispute

de down, away
debase = lower in value
decadence = deterioration
depreciate = lose value
demi partly, half
demigod = partly divine being
demiglace = reduced brown sauce
di two
dichotomy = into two parts,
dilemma = choice between two (usually bad) alternatives

dia across
diagonal = across a figure,
diameter = distance across a circle
diabolical = devilish
dis, dif not, apart
discord = lack of harmony,
differ = disagree
differentiate = tell apart, separate
dys faulty, bad
dysfunctional = not functioning properly
dysentery = diarrhea
ex, e out
exit = exodus,
emit = give off something
exhaust = fumes from engine
extra, extro beyond, outside
extracurricular = outside the curriculum
extraterrestrial = beyond the earth,
extrovert = outgoing person

hyper above, excessively
hyperbole = exaggeration,
hyperventilate = breath at an excessive rate
hyperactive = overly active
hypo beneath

hypoglycemia = low blood sugar
hypodermic = below the skin
hypochondriac = under illusion / opression of sickness
in, il, im, ir not
inefficient = not efficient
inarticulate = not clear or distinct
illegible = not readable,
impeccable = not capable of sinning, perfect
irrevocable = not able to be called back

in, il, im, ir in, on, upon
invite = call in
illustration = something that makes clear
impression = effect upon mind or feelings
irradiate = shine upon

inter between, among
intervene = come between
international = between nations
interjection = a thrown in statement

intra, intro within
intramural = within a school
introvert = person turned into self
introspection = self examination

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