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dis-(word root) apart
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n. Roman Mythology
1. The god of the underworld; Pluto.
2. The underworld.
[Latin Dīs, from variant of dīves, wealthy (from the belief that the underworld was the source of wealth from the ground); see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]
disor diss (dĭs)
tr.v. dissed, diss·ing, diss·es Informal
To show disrespect to, often by insult or criticism: "[The network] is often dissed for going after older, less demographically desirable viewers" (Michael McWilliams).
[African American Vernacular English, short for disrespect.]
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a variant spelling of diss
nGreek equivalent: Hades
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Also called: Orcus or Pluto the Roman god of the underworld
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) the abode of the dead; underworld
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v. dissed, dis•sing,
n. Slang. v.t.
1. to show disrespect for.
2. to belittle.n.
3. disparagement; criticism.
[1980–85, Amer.; from dis-1 extracted from such words as disrespect and disparage]
the ruler of the underworld in ancient Roman belief.
a prefix occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin with the meanings “apart, asunder” (disperse; dissociate; dissolve ); now frequent in French loanwords and English coinages having a privative, negative, or reversing force relative to the base noun, verb, or adjective: disability; disarm; disconnect; dishearten; dishonest; dislike; disobey.Compare di-2, dif-.
[< Latin (akin to bis, Greek dís twice); often replacing des- < Old French]
var. of di- 1 before s: dissyllable.
the Disney Channel (a cable television channel).
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Past participle: dised
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