a prefix occurring before stems beginning with a vowel or h in loanwords from Greek, where it means “not,” “without,” “lacking” (anarchy; anecdote); used in the formation of compound words: anelectric.
What Is An Ally?Allies use their own privilege to help raise visibility and create opportunities for those at a disadvantage.
What Is An “Interrupter”?What’s an interrupter? Interrupters—like this little guy right here—are squeezing into more and more contemporary writing. They’re often the goofy/sarcastic “wink-wink-nudge-nudge” asides writers play with in nonacademic writing and online content. Also called insertions, interrupting phrases, or parenthetical expressions, interrupters are words, phrases, or clauses that break the flow of writing—because if the author feels like it, why not?—to offer additional, can’t-be-held-back, or spur-of-the-moment thoughts …
- an najaf,
- an nhon,
- an ounce of prevention,
- an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,
Also before a consonant, a-.
Origin of an-1
variant of ad- before n: announce.
variant of ana- before a vowel: anion.
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before a consonant a-
Word Origin for an-
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