Caesar's English 1-4


Unit 1

 

Stem

Meaning

Example

bi

two

A bicycle has two wheels. Bilateral means two-sided. A biped is someone with two feet (like you!). 

sub

under

A submarine goes under the sea. Subtracting is a kind of math where you take away (pull under) one number from another.

de

down

To descend is to go down. To deposit is to put down. To deduce is to think your way down from a big truth.

pre

before

Predicting is announcing something before it even happens. To prepare is to get ready before an event.

super

over

To supervise is to watch over people. A superman is someone with powers over and above the norm. 

 
 
 
 

Unit 2

 

Word

Meaning

Example

countenance

facial expression

"This ill-luck had given a gentle melancholy to his countenance. " Peter Pan 

profound

deep

"What silenced me was a profound sense of awe." Why We Can't Wait 

manifest

obvious

"The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself." Martin Luther King 

prodigious

huge

"There is a prodigious stench in this place." The Crucible 

languor

weakness 

"In India, she always felt hot and too languid to care much about anything.” The Secret Garden 

 
 
 
 

Unit 3

 

Stem

Meaning

Example

un

not

An undone task is not completed. Being unable means not being able to do it. Unequal bowls of ice cream are not equal.

inter

between

International agreements are agreements between nations. To interject your opinion into a conversation is to insert yourself between two people who are trying to talk.

semi

half

A semicircle is a half circle. A semiannual even happens every six months - half a year! 

dis

away

To dismiss a class is to send the students away. To distract someone is to draw their attention away.

sym

together

In a symphony orchestra, musicians play together. Shapes that can be split into 2 identical pieces and then put together have symmetry. 

 
 
 
 

Unit 4

 

Word

Meaning

Example

serene

calm

"A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy." Frankenstein 

acute

sharp

"Her head ached acutely." Pride and Prejudice 

grotesque

distorted

"They had faces like grotesque masks." Heart of Darkness 

condescend

to patronize

"She was forced to condescend to our company." Wuthering Heights 

odious

hateful

"A flash of odious joy appeared upon the woman's face." Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde