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Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is MONO-:
MONO- is a prefix meaning one or single.
(Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)
monogamy (noun) – marriage with only one person at a time
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + -GAMY (marriage or union)
— monogamous means married to or faithful to one partner at a time
monogram (noun) – a design of one or more letters, usually initials
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + -GRAM (written, drawing)
monograph (noun) – on a single subject or a group of related subjects, usually written by one person
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (single) + -GRAPH (writing)
monolithic (adj) – consisting of one piece; solid or unbroken; uniform; unchanging
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (single) + LITH- (stone) + -IC (pertaining to)
— a monolith is a single massive stone or obilesk
monologue (noun) – a long speech by one person
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (single) + LOG- (word)
monopoly (noun) – exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or the group that has such control
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + -POLY (sale)
monosyllabic (noun) – consisting of or using one syllable
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + SYL- (same) + LAB- (take) + -IC (pertaining to)
monotheistic (adj) – adhering to a belief in a single god, deity, or spirit
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (single) + THEO- (god) + -IST (one who does) + -IC (pertaining to)
monotone (noun) – sameness of tone, pitch, or color, often to boring effect
BREAKDOWN: MONO- (single) + TON- (tone)
— monotony is wearisome routine as a result of lack of variety; unvarying tone, pitch, or color
— monotonous means unvarying, lacking in variety, or remaining the same; tedious (also monotone)
The prefix MONO– also appears as the root MON-, which also means one, single, or alone in words like monarch, monastery, and monocle.
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