Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefix Meaning Examples
a in, on, of, up, to abed, afoot
a without, lacking atheist, agnostic
ab from, away, off abdicate, abjure
ad to, toward advance
am friend, love amicable, amatory
ante before, previous antecedent, antedate
anti against, opposing antipathy, antidote
auto self autonomy, autobiography
belli war, warlike bellicose
bene well, good benefit, benefactor
bi two bisect, biennial
bio life biology, biosphere
cata down, away, thoroughly catastrophe, cataclysm
chron time chronometer, synchronize
circum around circumspect, circumference
com with, together, very commotion, complicate
contra against, opposing contradict, contravene
cred belief, trust credible, credit
de from depart
dem people demographics, democracy
dia through, across, apart diameter, diagnose
dis away, off, down, not dissent, disappear
epi upon epilogue
equi equal, equally equivalent
ex out extract
for away, off, from forget, forswear
fore before, previous foretell, forefathers
homo same, equal homogenized
hyper excessive, over hypercritical, hypertension
hypo under, beneath hypodermic, hypothesis
in in, into intrude, invade
in not, opposing incapable, ineligible
inter among, between intercede, interrupt
intra within intramural, intrastate
magn large magnitude, magnify
mal bad, poorly, not malfunction
micr small microbe, microscope
mis bad, poorly, not misspell, misfire
mono one, single monogomy, monologue
mor die, death mortality, mortuary
neo new neolithic, neoconservative
non not nonentity, nonsense
ob against, opposing objection
omni all, everywhere omniscient
ortho right, straight orthogonal, orthodox
over above overbearing
pan all, entire panorama, pandemonium
para beside, beyond parallel, paradox
per through perceive, permit
peri around periscope, perimeter
phil love, like philosophy, philanthropic
poly many polymorphous, polygamous
post after, following postpone, postscript
pre before, previous prevent, preclude
prim first, early primitive, primary
pro forward, in place of propel, pronoun
re back, backward, again revoke, recur
retro back, backward retrospect, retrograde
semi half, partly semicircle, semicolon
sub under, beneath subjugate, substitute
super above, extra supersede, supernumerary
sym with, together sympathy, symphony
trans across, beyond, over transact, transport
ultra beyond, excessively ultramodern, ultrasonic, ultraviolet
un not, reverse of unhappy, unlock
uni one uniform, unity
vis to see visage, visable

Suffix Meaning Examples
able able to, likely capable, tolerable
age process, state, rank passage, bondage
ance act, condition, fact acceptance, vigilance
arch to rule monarch
ard one that does excessively drunkard, wizard
ate having, showing separate, desolate
ation action, state, result occupation, starvation
cy state, condition accuracy, captaincy
dom state, rank, condition serfdom, wisdom
en cause to be, become deepen, strengthen
er one who does teacher
esce become, grow, continue convalesce, acquiesce
esque in the style of, like picturesque, grotesque
ess feminine waitress, lioness
fic making, causing terrific, beatific
ful full of, marked by thankful, zestful
fy make, cause, cause to have glorify, fortify
hood state, condition manhood, statehood
ible able, likely, fit edible, possible, divisible
ion action, result, state union, fusion
ish suggesting, like churlish, childish
ism act, manner, doctrine barbarism, socialism
ist doer, believer monopolist, socialist
ition action, state, result sedition, expedition
ity state, quality, condition acidity, civility
ize make, cause to be, treat with sterilize, mechanize, criticize
less lacking, without hopeless, countless
like like, similar childlike, dreamlike
logue type of speaking or writing prologue
ly like, of the nature of friendly, positively
ment means, result, action refreshment, disappointment
ness quality, state greatness, tallness
or doer, office, action juror, elevator, honor
ous marked by, given to religious, riotous
ship the art or skill of statesmanship
some apt to, showing tiresome, lonesome
th act, state, quality warmth, width
tude quality, state, result magnitude, fortitude
ty quality, state enmity, activity
ward in the direction of backward, homeward

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