agatho-, agath- +

(Greek: good)

A female name from Greek meaning "good".
1. The doctrine that all things tend towards ultimate good, as distinguished from optimism which holds that all things are now for the best.
2. The doctrine that all things can result in ultimate good, although perhaps not always along the best roads.
3. The system that recognizes the existence of evil, but holds that all things tend toward good.
4. A belief in the ultimate triumph of good despite any evil conditions or methods.
1. Someone who believes in the doctrine of agathism which is, "all things tend towards ultimate good".
2. A person who believes that the world and things in general are heading for the better; therefore, in things that most people regard as evil or tragic including virulent diseases, calamitous earthquakes, or wars, the agathist can find some ultimate purpose for good.

The optimist sees the present as pretty much for the best; the agathist, less content with the present, thinks things are inevitably tending towards good despite the bad situations which precede the ultimate results.

agathocacological, agathokakological
1. Composed of good and evil (caco, "bad").
2. The doctrine of good and evil.
3. The coexistence and the relationship between the principles of good and evil.
agathodemon, agathodaemon; agathosdemon, agathosdaemon
1. In Greek religion, a good divinity or genius and a deity of good fortune, sometimes in the form of a serpent.

Primitive Greek belief sometimes regarded domestic snakes as reincarnations of ancestors; hence, as spirits friendly to the household. An antonym of cacodemon.

2. In Hermetic literature, a being regarded in part as a divinity, in part as a traditional teacher.

He received a libation of pure wine at the end of each meal. In Hellenistic, and in later times, he was associated with Tyche, the goddess of luck, as a somewhat impersonal providence. He also has been portrayed as a serpent or as a young man with a horn of plenty and a bowl in one hand and a poppy and ears of corn in the other hand.

Of or belonging to an agathodemon.
agathology (s) (noun)
1. The science or doctrine of good.
2. The principle of benevolence.
3. The study of the nature of goodness.
A proposed technical epithet for, "intended to do good", "of beneficent tendency".
In botany, a genus of plants of the rue family; literally "smelling good".
1. A combination of the good and the beautiful in a person from Greek: καλὸς κἀγαθός (καλοκαγαθία).
2. Beautiful and good (the perfect character).
3. The nobility and goodness of character.

A fixed phrase with which the Athenian aristocracy referred to itself; in the ethical philosophers, the first of whom were Athenian gentlemen, the term came to mean the ideal or perfect man.

Related good-word units: bene-, bon-, eu-.

Word groups that are antonyms of this unit: caco-, dys-, mal-, mis-.