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Etymologise

verb
1.
Give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word).  Synonym: etymologize.  "Although he is not trained in this, his hobby is etymologizing"
2.
Construct the history of words.  Synonym: etymologize.






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"Etymologise" Quotes from Famous Books



... said nothing to him, consequently he has nothing to say about antiquity. A sudden thought strikes him: why is he a skilled philologist at all! Why did these authors write Latin and Greek! And with a light heart he immediately begins to etymologise with Homer, calling Lithuanian or Ecclesiastical Slavonic, or, above all, the sacred Sanskrit, to his assistance: as if Greek lessons were merely the excuse for a general introduction to the study of languages, and as if Homer were lacking ...
— On the Future of our Educational Institutions • Friedrich Nietzsche



Words linked to "Etymologise" :   construct, retrace, linguistics, reconstruct, derive, educe



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