-phemia, -phemic, -phemism, -pheme, -phemy

(Greek: speak, talk; speech)

heterophemy (s) (noun), heterophemies (pl)
1. The unconscious saying, in speech or in writing, of that which one does not intend to say; frequently the very reverse of the thought which is present in a person's consciousness.
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.
morpheme (s) (noun), morphemes (pl)
1. A Morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning in a language.
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).

phatic (adjective), more phatic, most phatic
Something said in order to share feelings, create goodwill, or set a pleasant social mood, rather than to communicate information: Examples of phatic statements include; "Have a nice day!" and "Good luck!"
prophecy (s) (noun), prophecies (pl)
1. Knowledge of the future which is usually said to be obtained from a divine source.
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".
prophesy (verb), prophesies; prophesied; prophesying
1. To predict or to reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration.
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.
prophet (s) (noun), prophets (pl)
1. Someone who speaks by divine inspiration.
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".
prophetess (s) (noun), prophetesses (pl)
1. A woman who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.
2. A woman predictor or a woman soothsayer.
3. The chief spokeswoman of a movement or a cause.
prophetic (adjective), more prophetic, most prophetic
1. Predicting or foreshadowing something that does eventually happen.
2. Foretelling events as if by divine inspiration: Harriet's casual words turned out to be prophetic because they actually took place.
tachyphemia (s) (noun), tachyphemias (pl)
1. An abnormal rapidity of speech.
2. Characterized by fast talking, or speaking with great speed, as seen in some mental disorders.
telepheme (s) (noun), telephemes (pl)
A communication or conversation by telephone: Dora had a telepheme with her father at least twice a week after she moved to another city.
Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glosso-; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; -ology; ora-; -phasia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "divination, diviner; seer, soothsayer, prophecy, prophesy, prophet": augur-; auspic-; fa-, fate; Fates in action; futur-; -mancy; omen; sorc-, sorcery; vati-.