Thursday, February 18, 2010

Root Words Bell and Dia

*Bell: war or warlike

Example words containing Bell:
- Belligerence: warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude
The belligerent man made quite a fool of himself when he attempted to clash with a man twice his size.
- Antebellum: before or existing before the war; esp. civil war
While we were in Georgia, we toured several large and stately antebellum houses.
- Bellicose: inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; pugnacious
Unfortunately, the United States has been seen as a bellicose nation by some who believe we are antagonizing fights with many other countries.
- Rebel: a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country
Anarchy has been a popular idea amongst rebellious and naive young people in the recent years.

Interesting History:
The Roman Goddess of war is Bellonia. She is not a well known goddess; her husband Mars, God of war, is more commonly known. Bellum, her namesake, is the Latin word for war. Bellonia was believed to invoke war-like frenzy and enthusiasm, so when the countries or people who worshiped her were going to war they would offer up sacrifices such as their own blood, limbs, organs or their enemies. Temples ands shrines dedicated to her have been found in the north-eastern parts of Rome, where she was the most widely worshiped.



*Dia: across; through

Example words containing Dia:
- Diaspora: the movement, migration or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland
The harsh transportation of African people from their homeland to the rest of the world as slaves was a major Diaspora that displaced millions of people.
- Diathermy: the production of heat in body tissues by electric currents, for therapeutic purposes
Every Thursday my aunt has to go to the therapist so for diathermy because she has terrible muscle spasms.
- Diagnosis: the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition
The doctor told the old man that his diagnosis was very positive and that the man would only have to be in the hospital for three days.
- Diameter: a straight line passing through the center of a circle or sphere and meeting the circumference or surface at each end
In geometry class, we are learning how to find the diameter of a circle using the radius and pi.
- Diagonal: connecting two nonadjacent angles or vertices of a polygon or polyhedron, as a straight line
We constructed the diagonal of the squares to make boxes with an X’s in them.

Examples of how to use Dia:

The diagnosis of the exact place where the human race began is quite a mystery. Some historians believe that Africa is where the human race began, but others believe that India or other places in Asia could be the motherland of humans. It is difficult to discern where people came from because humans are very mobile creatures who are constantly moving around. Wherever humans originated from there has been a massive Diaspora throughout the history of their race as people have traveled throughout the world and all along the diameter of the Earth. Today, humans are living on every possible land mass, in every diagonal corner of every country, with millions of different lifestyles and customs.


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