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Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is TRA-:
TRA- is a prefix meaning across or through.
(Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)
tradition (noun) – a practice or aspect of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + DIT- (dare) + -ION (act of)
traduce (verb) – to speak maliciously and falsely of; to defame or slander
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + DUC- (lead)
trajectory (noun) – the path of an object through space; a course of development over time
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + JECT- (throw) + -ORY (pertaining to)
trance (noun) – a state of concentration or awareness that filters information and stimuli
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + -ANCE (state of being)
tranquil (adj) – calm, peaceful; free from emotional or mental disturbance (also tranquility, tranquilize)
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + QUIL- (rest or calm)
traverse (verb) – to travel across, often under difficult conditions
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + VERS- (turn)
travesty (noun) – a parody or absurd representation
BREAKDOWN: TRA- (across) + VEST- (clothe) + -Y (act of state)
The roots TRA– is a variant of TRANS-, which also means across or through in many common English words.
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