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Thursday word: paronym

paronym (PAR-uh-nim) - n., a word derived from the same root or stem as another word.

Or as most dictionaries tautologically define it, a paronymous word -- which they do because the adjective arrived in English two centuries before the noun (1650-ish versus 1846), even though in Greek the equivalent adjective is derived from the noun. This is not quite the same as a cognate, which is specifically paronyms in two different languages. Oh, as for that Greek root, parōnymon, from para-, derivative of + ónyma, name -- "from the same name".

Wise and wisdom are paronyms.

Tags: greek, noun, p

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