the-; them-, themat-, thes-, thet- +

(Latin: placing, setting; to place, to put)

anathema (s), anathemas (pl) (nouns)
1. A formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication.
2. Someone or something that is greatly disliked or detested and is therefore shunned.
3. Someone or something which is cursed, denounced, or excommunicated by a religious authority.
4. A curse from a religious authority that denounces something or excommunicates someone.
5. Etymology: from Latin anathema, "an excommunicated person, the curse of excommunication"; from Greek anathema, "a thing accursed"; originally, "a thing devoted". Literally, "a thing set up (to the gods)" from ana-, "up" + tithenai, "to place".
anathematization, anathematisation (s); anathematizations, anathematisations (pl) (nouns)
1. The formal act of pronouncing (someone or something) accursed.
2. Rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing (excluding) someone.
anathematize, anathematizes; anathematized; anathematizing (verbs)
1. To formally curse, to denounce, or to excommunicate someone or something.
2. To curse or to declare to be evil or anathema or to threaten with divine punishment.
antithesis (s) (noun), antitheses (pl)
1. The complete or exact opposite of something or someone; opposition; contrast: Herald's behavior is the antithesis of right and wrong.
2. A use of words or phrases that contrast with each other to create a balanced effect: The Patrick Henry (US politician) speech in 1775, "Give me liberty or give me death" is an example of using an antithesis to emphasize an important way of living.
3. A proposition that is the opposite of another already proposed thesis: Harry's proposal to climb Mt. Everest before getting into good physical condition was the antithesis of common sense.
4. Etymology: from Late Latin antithesis which came from Greek antithesis, "opposition"; literally, "a placing against", a noun of action from antitithenai, "to set against, to oppose"; a term in logic, from anti-, "against" + tithenai, "to place".
The direct opposite.
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Contrast and the direct opposite of someone.
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Opposition and the direct contrast of someone.
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Opposition and the direct contrast of someone.
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apothecary (s), apothecaries (pl) (nouns)
1. A pharmacist who prepares and sells medicines and drugs: Sally went to see the local apothecary to get him or her to fill the prescriptions that the doctor had advised her to take for her illness.
2. A pharmacy, a drugstore, or a place where medical prescriptions can be filled and where medicines are stored: Brent went to the apothecary to talk to the professional apothecary about some medicine that might diminish his headache.
2. Etymology: "shopkeeper, especially one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments"; from Old French apotecaire; Modern French apothicaire; from Late Latin apothecarius, "storekeeper"; from Latin apotheca, "storehouse"; which came from Greek apotheke "storehouse". Literally, "a place where things are put away", from apo- "away" + tithenai "to put".
A druggist or a pharmacist.
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boutique (s), boutiques (pl) (nouns)
1. A small retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food, for example.
2. A small shop located within a large department store or supermarket.
3. A small business offering specialized products and services.
4. Etymology: from Old French botique, "small shop"; from Old Proven├žal botica, from Latin apothca, "storehouse". Related to the etymological origin of apothecary.
diathesis (s), diatheses (pl) (nouns)
1. A susceptibility to a disease or set of diseases such as allergies or gout.
2. A constitutional predisposition or tendency, as to a particular disease or affection.
3. A constitution or condition of the body which makes the tissues react in special ways to certain extrinsic stimuli and therefore tends to make a person more than usually susceptible to certain diseases.
4. Etymology: from Greek, "disposition, condition"; from diatithenai, diathe-, "to dispose"; from, dia-, "through, across" + tithenai, "to place".
dictionary, glossary, lexicon, thesaurus
dictionary (DIK shuh ner" ee) (noun)
A book containing the alphabetical listing of words used in a language, providing definitions, pronunciations, etc.: "She received a new dictionary when she graduated from high school."
glossary (GLAH suh ree, GLOS uh ree) (noun)
A collection of specialized words and their meanings: "There was a glossary at the end of the book to help the reader understand the text."
lexicon (LEK si kahn", LEK si kon") (noun)
Another term for dictionary which includes any book typically containing all the morphemes (smallest meaningful parts) of a language: "The scholar sought a lexicon in the library to assist her in writing her thesis on the Gaelic language."
thesaurus (thi SAUR uhs, thi SOR uhs) (noun)
A book containing a store of words; especially, of synonyms and antonyms arranged in categories: "We found out that there is more than one kind of thesaurus available for us to find logical structures and word associations."

While Jill was looking up synonyms in the thesaurus, she also consulted a new dictionary which was helpful in that it had a special glossary of specialized words which she had not seen when she reviewed the old lexicon that her friend had given to her.

endoprosthesis (s), endoprostheses (pl) (nouns)
1. An artificial device to replace a missing bodily part which is placed inside the body.
2. A hollow stent inserted into a bile duct to allow biliary drainage across an obstruction.

A stent is an open tubular structure made of stainless steel or plastic which is inserted into an artery or another bodily tube to keep it from becoming blocked by a disease.

epithet (EP i thet", EP uh thet") (s); epithets (pl) (nouns)
1. A descriptive name or title given to express some quality considered characteristic of a person or thing; such as, "Richard, the Lion Hearted" or "America, the Beautiful".
2. Sometimes a disparaging name; such as, "egghead" for someone who is an intellectual.
3. Etymology: from epitithenai, "to add on"; from epi-, "in addition" + tithenai, "to put".

Strictly speaking, an epithet is not necessarily derogatory, but the term is commonly used as a simple synonym for some term of abuse or slur: "There is no place for racial epithets in a radio, or TV, program."

epithetic, epithetical (adjectivess)
1. Any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality: "Richard the Lion-Hearted" is an epithet of Richard I.
2. A characterizing word or phrase firmly associated with a person or thing and often used in place of an actual name, title, or the like; such as, "man's best friend" when referring to a "dog".
3. A word, phrase, or expression used invectively as a term of abuse or contempt, to express hostility, etc.
hypothesis (s), hypotheses (pl) (nouns)
1. A tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true it would explain certain facts or phenomena.
2. A proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations.
3. A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence.
4. Etymology: from Middle French hypothese, from Late Latin hypothesis, from Greek hypothesis, "base, basis of an argument, supposition". Literally, "a placing under", from hypo-, "under" + thesis, "a placing, proposition".
hypothesize, hypothesizes; hypothesized; hypothesizing (verbs)
1. To theorize, speculate, guess, suppose, and to presume.
2. To give a possible but not yet proved explanation for something
hypothetical (adjective)
1. Of, relating to, or based on a hypothesis: a hypothetical situation.
2. Suppositional; uncertain; conditional; contingent.
keratoprosthesis (s) keratoprostheses (pl) (nouns)
Replacement of the central area of an opacified (opaque, unclear) cornea by plastic.

Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: fix-; pon-; prosth-; stato-.