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You Can Say That Again: Dic and Dict

July 25, 2017
Practice this list of English words derived from the Latin roots dic and dict, which mean "say" or "declare."
abdicate
After the uprisings, Qatar’s emir abdicated, replaced by his younger, less experienced son.
addict
If you were an addict, the advice would be to get clean by seeking professional help and staying away from the addictive substance.
addiction
He had been fond of apple pie all his life, and it certainly seemed like an innocent enough addiction.
benediction
We waited for him to speak, like a congregation expecting the minister’s benediction.
contradict
It would appear to contradict earlier evidence suggesting a much more ancient origin for many key frog groups.
contradiction
There are many versions of this paradox but they are essentially equivalent: one would get contradictions if one were free to change the past.
dictate
Maryland law dictates that car windows should be no more than 65% opaque.
dictator
The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies are ruled by laws, and dictatorships are ruled by dictators.
dictatorship
“This is a democracy. It’s not a dictatorship and it never will be.”
diction
Bergquist was friendly and talkative, with an above-normal interest in Norway, where he had roots, and pronounced every Norwegian place name with careful diction.
dictionary
They consulted dictionaries to look up correct information about word meanings and grammatical constructions.
dictum
You have probably often heard this business dictum: “Time is money!”
edict
The good thing about being a CEO is that you get to issue edicts and let people know you are in charge.
indicate
Research strongly indicates that exposure to arts, science, and heritage programming provides students a path toward greater academic and life success.
indict
He was indicted in March on 23 charges including bribery and fraud.
indictment
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” an indictment of slavery published before the Civil War, was a culture-bearing book, he said.
interdict
Be sure not to carry any of these books up-stairs, as they are intended solely for the drawing-room; and their removal from thence is interdicted.
jurisdiction
“Gentlemen,” she announced to the troopers, “this is my jurisdiction and I’ll take charge of the examination.”
malediction
For every man who tried to rub her head, there were three who muttered maledictions under their breath when she went by.
predict
I stare at the board and try to predict the outcome of each match.
prediction
Once an aged prophetess arrived in Rome and offered to sell its monarch nine books containing predictions about the future.
valedictorian
A valedictorian is usually the highest-performing student in a class who gives a farewell address at graduation.
verdict
He imagined attending a trial and hearing the verdict: guilty.
vindictive
Translation: “Are you vindictive enough to see your brother not just disbarred, but imprisoned?”

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