Homonym – Words pronounced the same, but spelled differently – Example Heir and air Acronym – A word formed by the initial letters or group of letters of words in a set phrase. Anonymous – of unknown name; Without an acknowledged name.
Sanctuary – A sacred or holy place Sanctity – Holiness, saintliness, & godliness Sacrosanct – extremely sacred or inviolable
METAMORPHOSIS – a complete change of form and structure Metaphor – comparison not using like or as Metabolism – a physical and chemical change
Petrify – to change or convert into stone Petroleum – a thick, flammable dark-colored liquid Petrochemical – Chemical that comes from petroleum like kerosene and gasoline
Miracle – A wonder or marvel Mirage – an optical illusion usually in the desert. W/out substance or reality Admire – to regard with wonder, pleasure and approval.
Manicure Manuscript – to write by hand Manacles – fancy name for handcuffs
Revolve – to rotate, to spin, to turn A revolver spins when it is shot. Convoluted – to make complex and complicate; elaborate Revolution – a rotation or a cycle. Each time a tire spins it makes a revolution
Retroactive – A throw back – Sports’ teams sometimes wear retro jerseys to honor a previous generation Retrospect – to look back and reflect on what a person has done; hindsight What is retrofire?
Sense – Feelings, awareness, sensation Do you know The 5 senses? Sensitive – Responsive; receptive insensate– numb; lacking feeling If you are getting stitches, you want that part of your body to be insensate
Tactile – perceptible; physical; touchable Some people are tactile learners / especially the blind Contact – to communicate; to connect Tactics – plans; strategy; procedures Tactful – Considerate; subtle; sensitive To handle a sensative situation tactfully