By Eric Partridge
This dictionary provides the origins of a few 20,000 goods from the fashionable English vocabulary, discussing them in teams that clarify the connections among phrases derived by means of various routes from initially universal inventory. in addition to giving the solutions to questions on the derivation of person phrases, it's a interesting ebook to flick through, seeing that each web page issues out hyperlinks with different entries. possible pursue such trails because the longer articles are written as non-stop prose essentially divided up via numbered paragraphs and subheadings, and there's a cautious approach of cross-references. as well as the most A-Z directory, there are huge lists of prefixes, suffixes, and components utilized in the production of latest vocabulary.
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Acquaint; acquaintance. , CAN. OF-EF acointier becomes ME acointen, later aqueynten, becomes ‘to acquaint’. acquest . f. acquiesce ; acquiescence, acquiescent. See QUIET, para 5. acquire , acquirement; acquisition, acquisitive. See QUERY, para 7. acquit ; acquitment, acquittal, acquittance. See QUIET, para 6. A-Z 25 acre , whence collective acreage (suffix -age): ME aker, OE aecer, akin to ON akr (cf Da ager)—OHG achar (cf G Acker)—OS akkar—Go akrs—all meaning ‘a field’; to L ager, a field; Gr agros, a field; Skt ájras, a plain.
Accommodate , accommodation. See MODAL, para 14. accompany ; accompaniment, accompanist. See PANTRY, para 9. accomplice Origins 18 . See complice at PLY, para 21: accomplish , adj accomplished; accomplishment. See PLENARY, para 7. accompt : an old form of ACCOUNT. accord , n and v; accordable; accordance, accordancy; accordant; according; accordion. All except the last come from OF acorder, from LL accordāre, ac- for ad, to 4- cord-, the o/s of cor (gen cordis), heart: cf CORDIAL and HEART. Thus: the n accord, ME ac (c)ord or acorde, from OF acord(e), from acorder, whence, via ME ac(c)orden, ‘to accord’, whence the pa according-, whence the advv according, accordingly; accordant, however, derives from ME acordant, adopted from the OF acordant, presp of acorder, whence also both OF acordable (cf suffix -able), whence E accordable, and OF acordance, whence E accordance, with var accordancy.
Cf the element abdomino-. abduct , abduction, abductor. See DUKE, para 6. aberrant , aberration. See ERR, para 2. Origins 4 abet , abettor. See BAIT. abeyance is an AF word deriving from MF-EF abeance, expectation, from MF-EF abeer: a (mod à), to+baer, beer, to gape (at): cf ABASH and esp BAY, v. Basic idea: hope deferred, pointless expectation. abhor , abhorrence, abhorrent. See HEARSE, para 7. abide . See BIDE, para 2. ability . See HABIT, para 5. e. —Imm from L abiectus (ML abj-), pp of abi(i)cere, to throw away, and from the derivative abiectio, o/s abiection- (ML abj-).