Stem Word List #9 Stem Meaning Example Words 9-1 polis (city) metropolis, megalopolis, police, policy, necropolis 9-2 ego (I) egomaniac, egocentric, egotistical, egoism, alter ego 9-3 dia (across) diagonal, diameter, dialogue, dialect, diatribe, dialectic 9-4 per (through) perception, perforation, percolate, perambulate, pertain 9-5 pac (peace) pacify, pacific, pacifist, pacifier, pacifism, pacification 9-6 brev (short) brevity, abbreviation, breviary, brief 9-7 il (not) illegal, illiterate, illicit, ill-mannered, illogical, illegible 9-8 leg (read) legible, legend, legendary, legibility, alleged, illegible 9-9 sanct (holy) sanctity, sanctuary, sanctify, unsanctioned, sanctimonious 9-10 meta (change or beyond) metamorphosis, metaphor, metaphysics, metastasize 9-11 curs (run) cursive, incursion, cursory, cursor, precursor 9-12 cad (fall) cascade, cadaver, cadence, decadent, cadaverous 9-13 capit (head) decapitate, capital, captain, caption, capitulation 9-14 ness (quality) softness, redness, politeness, kindness, darkness 9-15 ate (cause to be) graduate, coagulate, domesticate, implicate, insinuate Directions: Step One: Create a study note card for each stem Step Two: Spend time each night reviewing your cards. (This can be done on the bus ride home, in the car, or during study time in Inquiry class, etc.) Step Three: Remember that the Word Within a Word is cumulative. That means once you have list # 2 you can’t just toss out list # 1. You’ll need to keep reviewing those words too! You’ll see them on Stem Test # 2 and so on.