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Etymology Word of the Week

Director of Admissions Pat O'Rourke '90, a self-proclaimed "word nerd," brings you his Etymology Word of the Week. Every other week he presents an online Etymology lesson just for fun!

Etymology Word of the Week – As some of you know, in addition to working in the Admissions Office, I also teach Latin at Saint Ignatius and am something of a "word nerd."  Thus, each week, I’ll sneak a vocabulary word (sometimes derived from Latin, sometimes not) into the e-blast.  Here then is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.  

Necropolis - “a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.”   Literally “city of the dead,” from the Greek nouns nekros meaning “corpse” and polis meaning “city.”  (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – necrotic (tissue), internecine, nectar, necromancy; politics, Acropolis, cosmopolitan, metropolis, Tripoli (capital of Libya)

SAMPLE SENTENCE:  “The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is located in Cairo, Egypt and is probably the most well-known necropolis in the world.”