-phemia, -phemic, -phemism, -pheme, -phemy
(Greek: speak, talk; speech)
2. The use of one word, or phrase, when another is meant.
3. An accidental use of a word which is different from the one that is meant.
2. The smallest units of speech that convey meaning.
3. The smallest lexical unit of a language; such as, a word, root, affix, or inflectional ending.
Examples of morphemes include: man, run, pro-, -ess, -ing, etc.; and there are many Latin and Greek morphemes which are being used in English.
A word can contain more than one morpheme; for example,"myalgia" can be divided into two morphemes, the prefix my, "muscle" and algia, "pain"; however, the word morose cannot be divided into anything smaller.
In spoken language, morphemes are composed of phonemes (the smallest linguistically distinctive units of sound); and in written language, morphemes are composed of graphemes (the smallest units of written language).
2. A prediction uttered under divine inspiration.
3. Etymology: "function of a prophet," from Old French profecie, from Late Latin prophetia, from Greek prophetia, "gift of interpreting the will of the gods", which came from prophetes; from pro-, "before" + root of phanai, "to speak".
2. To predict what is going to happen or forecasting a future event; that is, to predict or to work out something that is likely to happen; such as, the weather conditions for the days ahead.
3. To supposedly reveal the will of a deity in predicting a future event.
2. Someone who is an interpreter of the will of God.
3. Somebody who predicts the future.
4. Etymology: from Old French prophete (11th century), from Latin propheta, from Greek prophetes, "an interpreter, a spokesman"; especially, of the gods, from pro-, "before" + root of Greek phanai, "to speak".
2. A woman predictor or a woman soothsayer.
3. The chief spokeswoman of a movement or a cause.
2. Foretelling events as if by divine inspiration: Harriet's casual words turned out to be prophetic because they actually took place.
2. Characterized by fast talking, or speaking with great speed, as seen in some mental disorders.