Roots of English - 65 (Theo/The/Thei - God/Religion)

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : May 23rd, 2021

Roots of English is one of the most amusing ways to learn abounding words with a single root word. Visual images do have an impact that lasts for a long time, roots of English helps you in commemorating the word with images & pronunciation to utter the word with appropriate pronunciation. Today we are here with another article of our series Roots of English. Hope this format will help you in adding new words of vocab to your bucket list.

 

Roots of English is one of the most amusing ways to learn abounding words with a single root word. Visual images do have an impact that lasts for a long time, roots of English helps you in commemorating the word with images & pronunciation to utter the word with appropriate pronunciation. Today we are here with another article of our series Roots of English. Hope this format will help you in adding new words of vocab to your bucket list.

The Root Word for today: Theo/The/Thei

Today we have taken 'Theo/The/Thei' as a ROOT which has a meaning - God/Religion

Now with the help of this one root, you can come out with the conclusion of several other English words. Such as,

1) Thearchy

Pronunciation - thee’ ar ki

Meaning - Government or rule by God or by priests, a kingdom of Gods

Usage - An attempt to set up a Buddhist thearchy has led to chaos and a left-wing military dictatorship.

 

2) Theocracy:-

Pronunciation - the ok’ ra see

Meaning - Government directed by priests or clergy representing God

Usage - Because I do not believe religious groups should be involved in public education, I am opposed to theocracy as a form of government.

3) Theodicy :-

Pronunciation - the od’ i see

Meaning - A defense of God’s justice/the vindication of divine providence in view of the existence of evil.

Usage - A theodicy assumes that God's justice can be witnessed, that it can be accounted for here on earth.

4) Monotheism:-

Pronunciation - mono-thi-sm

Meaning - the belief in a single all-powerful god, as opposed to religions that believe in multiple gods.

Usage - Since the ancient Greeks and Romans did not believe in monotheism, they worshipped many gods.

5) Polytheist:-

Pronunciation - poli-the-st

Meaning - The belief in more than one god. 

Usage - Being a Hindu, my mother is a Polytheist and believes that there are 33 crores of God in our religion. 

6) Pantheism:-

Pronunciation - pan-thi-st

Meaning - belief in many or all gods, or the belief that God exists in, and is the same as, all things, animals, and people within the universe.

Usage - Those who practice pantheism worship the Earth and all its creations as a manifestation of God.

7) Theocentric: -

Pronunciation - theo-cent-ric

Meaning - Assuming God to be the center/having God as a central focus.

Usage - We live in a theocentric culture as we believe in the theory that 'God is doing everything'.

8) Theist : -

Pronunciation - the-ist

Meaning - belief in the existence of a god or gods

Usage - Being a true theist, my mother always prays to God first before doing any auspicious work.

9) Theology: -  

Pronunciation - theo-logy

Meaning - the study of the nature of God and religious belief

Usage - Since the high school boy had never been to church, he learned about God through his course in theology.

10)Atheism:

Pronunciation - athe-ism

Meaning - disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.

Usage - The man’s atheism was a surprise to his family members who wholeheartedly believed in God.

Basic Knowledge related to Root Words of English

The English language is made up of four parts. These are -

  • GREEK ROOTS
  • GERMAN ROOTS
  • FRENCH ROOTS
  • LATIN ROOTS

Now if you learn these roots, you can figure out the meaning of hundreds of English language words without even knowing their exact meaning. Before we go further, let us answer some basic questions for you first.

What is a root?

A root is the part of the word which gives instructions to a word.

How many parts is a word made of?

A word is made up of three parts.

For example – Unhappily

Here 'Un' is a prefix, 'happy' is the root and 'ly' is the suffix.

Note: PREFIX is a word, letter, or number placed before another.

SUFFIX is a letter or a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

We hope this session will help you in Vocabulary Preparation. We will come back soon with our next session. Also, you can go through our previous articles from the list given below:

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