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disaffect

dis·af·fect

disaffect

 
 
pronunciation:
dIs fekt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disaffected, disaffecting, disaffects
definition: to cause to lose affection for, loyalty to, or contentment in an idea, a person, or an organization such as a government; alienate.
Witnessing the cruelty of some of his fellow soldiers disaffected him, making him wonder if his side was any better than the enemy's.
derivations: disaffected (adj.), disaffectedly (adv.), disaffectedness (n.)
Word Parts
The word disaffect contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".