mineral

diamond – Developed from adamant—the name of the hardest stone or mineral of ancient times—from Latin adamans, from Greek adamas, "invincible" (a-, "not," and daman, "to tame"). More…

Formica – Got its name from being created as a substitute "for mica," a mineral. More…

mineral – Etymologically "something obtained by mining," from Latin minera, "ore." More…

snow – Technically a mineral, it is Teutonic in origin, from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin words niv-/nix and Greek nipha; the spelling snow first appeared in English around 1200. More…

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opera

opera – Actually the Latin plural of opus, "labor, work." More…

prima donna – Meaning "principal female singer in an opera," it is from the same Italian phrase meaning "first lady"; the meaning "temperamental person" was first recorded in 1834. More…

primo vomo – The principal male singer in an opera. More…

soap opera – Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927). More…

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rights

charter – Confers powers and rights from the state or an organization to people, local chapters, or corporations. More…

devolution – A passing down from stage to stage or the passing of property, rights, or authority from one person to another; it implies moving backward. More…

perk – A special privilege or right, it is an abbreviation of perquisite. More…

prejudice – Originally meant harm or injury caused to a person resulting from a disregard for their rights; it is from Latin, meaning "to judge beforehand." More…

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hatred

enmity – "Hatred, ill will," the feelings of an enemy. More…

heartburn – Has an old meaning of "jealousy" or "hatred." More…

odium – Another word for hatred. More…

misoneism – People with a hatred of change or new things experience misoneism. More…

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prone

bellicose, belligerent – Bellicose orients "prone to fighting" toward an individual, while belligerent refers to an organized body, a national or political entity—a person is bellicose, a nation is belligerent. More…

grovel, groveling – Grovel is a back-formation from groveling—which first meant "face downward in a prone or prostrate position." More…

prone, prostrate, supine – Prone is lying on your face—facing downwards—which is also true for prostrate, but only in expressing adoration or begging for protection; supine is lying on your back. More…

kratogen – The dormant area of land lying next to one that is prone to earthquakes. More…

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