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eu as a prefix

Postby William Hupy » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:32 am

Euthymic. I understand that the root word is "thumos" meaning spirit, but what is "eu" which is found in a whole host of words?
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Postby Slava » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:43 pm

Good.
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Postby bnjtokyo » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:53 am

From the Online Etymology Dictionary eu+ entry:
"prefix in modern use meaning "good, well," from comb. form of Gk. eus "good," eu "well" (adv.), also "luckily, happily," from PIE *(e)su- "good" (cf. Skt. su- "good," Avestan hu- "good")."
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