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Origin of path
synonym study for path
OTHER WORDS FROM pathmul·ti·path, nounoutpath, noun
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WORDS THAT USE -PATH
What does -path mean?
The combining form -path is used like a suffix to mean either “one administering a treatment” or “one suffering from such an ailment.” It is the personal noun form of words ending in -pathy, which means variously “suffering,” “disease,” and “treatment of disease.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.
The form -path ultimately comes from Greek pátheia, meaning “suffering” or “feeling.” It shares an origin with the English word pathos. You can learn more about the meaning of pathos at our entry for the word.
What are variants of -path?
While -path doesn’t have any immediate variants, it is closely related to three other combining forms, -pathia, -pathic, and -pathy. Want to know more? Check out our Words That Use entries for all three forms.
Examples of -path
One example of a word you may have come across that features the form -path is sociopath, “a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.”
The socio- portion of the word means “social” or “society,” from Latin socius. Because -path means, roughly, “one suffering from such an ailment,” sociopath literally means “one suffering from social disease.”
What are some words that use the combining form -path?
- allopath (using the equivalent form of -path in German)
What are some other forms that -path may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters -path, such as glidepath, is necessarily using the combining form -path to denote “someone suffering from a disease.” Learn why glidepaths are important for airplanes at our entry for the word.
MORE ABOUT PATH
What is a basic definition of path?
A path is a way formed by people or animals, a narrow track, or a route that something takes. Path has a few other senses as a noun.
A path is an improvised trail that has been created by people or animals repeatedly following it. A path through the woods, for example, may simply be ground worn down to packed dirt. Paths like these are not planned but often result from many people or animals taking the same way through a place and moving any debris or objects, such as rocks, that may have once been in the way.
- Real-life examples: Hikers often navigate paths through forests and mountainous areas. It is wise to avoid paths that appear to have been made by dangerous animals, like wolves or bears.
- Used in a sentence: We followed a dirt path through the woods.
The word path is also used to refer to narrow walkways or tracks created intentionally. These kinds of paths are usually created for a specific purpose, such as a garden path or a bicycle path.
- Used in a sentence: She walked up the cobblestone path to her uncle’s house.
Path can also mean a route or course that something takes. This sense is used both literally to mean actual walking or moving and figuratively to mean a way of life or course of action.
- Real-life examples: Meteorologists track the paths of hurricanes, tornados, and thunderstorms. A runaway train is likely to destroy everything in its path. Students pursue many different career paths after finishing their studies.
- Used in a sentence: I made sure to be far away from the path of the angry bull.
Where does path come from?
The first records of the word path come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English pæth and is related to the German Pfad.
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Path is a common word that means literal or figurative routes that things take.
We are always on a journey in life. Let us choose the path of God! We will discover that there are no unexpected events, no uphill path, and no night that cannot be faced with Jesus.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 16, 2021
We each have different lessons to learn. We each take a different path to our lessons.
— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) February 22, 2018
My one encounter with a badger was on a walk in Ashdown Forest. It ran across the path in front of me and barged into some bushes. Did make me jump.
— Amanda 💙 (@Blodeuweddmoon) January 19, 2021
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A city that is in the path of a tornado is far away from where the tornado will go.
How to use path in a sentence
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The anti-crime cops began searching the likely path of flight.
Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.
The flight path remained close to the Indonesian archipelago, well within what is the normal reach of air traffic control radar.
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.
"But I can't stop to argue about it now;" and, saying this, he turned into a side path, and disappeared in the wood.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
I presume this path does not extend many miles without meeting impediments.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
She had been walking alone with her arms hanging limp, letting her white skirts trail along the dewy path.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Suddenly his quick eye lit on something in the gravel path and his heart gave a great leap.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Squinty went this way and that through the woods, but he could not find the path that led to his pen.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
British Dictionary definitions for path (1 of 3)
Derived forms of pathpathless, adjective
Word Origin for path
British Dictionary definitions for path (2 of 3)
Word Origin for -path
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Other Idioms and Phrases with path
see beat a path to someone's door; cross someone's path; lead down the garden path; least resistance, path of; on the warpath.