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con-

pref.
Variant of com-.

con-

prefix
a variant of com-

con1

(kɒn)

adv.
1. against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.
n.
2. the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something. Compare pro 1.
[1575–85; short for Latin contrā in opposition]

con2

(kɒn)

v.t. conned, con•ning.
1. to peruse or examine carefully; study.
2. to commit to memory; learn.
[before 1000; Middle English cunnen, Old English cunnan, variant of can1 in sense “become acquainted with”]

con3

or conn

(kɒn)

v. conned, con•ning,
n. v.t.
1. to direct the steering of (a ship).
n.
2. the station of the person who cons a ship.
[1350–1400; earlier cond, apocopated variant of Middle English condie, condue < Middle French cond(u)ire < Latin condūcere to conduct]

con4

(kɒn)

adj., v. conned, con•ning,
n. adj.
1. involving abuse of confidence; deceitfully manipulative: a con trick.
v.t.
2. to swindle; trick.
3. to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.
n.
4. a confidence game or swindle.
5. a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk.
[1895–1900, Amer.; by shortening of confidence]

con5

(kɒn)

n.
Informal. a convict.
[1715–25; by shortening]

con-

var. of com- before a consonant (except b, h, l, p, r): convene; condone; connection.
[< Latin]

Con.

Consul.

con.

1. concerto.
2. conclusion.
3. connection.
4. consolidated.
5. consul.
6. continued.
7. against.
[< Latin contrā]
References in classic literature ?
The next second Clarence had slipped from some place of con- cealment and was pouring news into my ear, his eyes beaming with triumph and gladness.
fortunate for himself, as it at once brought him into the field of public use- fulness, "gave the world assurance of a MAN," quick- ened the slumbering energies of his soul, and con- secrated him to the great work of breaking the rod of the oppressor, and letting the oppressed go free!
The pamphlet containing these renderings had a con- siderable vogue, and I mention them here simply to warn the reader against the impression they may have created.