Along with Latin, Greek is probably the language that most influenced other languages around the world. Many English words derive directly from Greek roots, and knowing their origin and meaning is important.
Below you will find 12 Greek words that are commonly used in our society. The next time you hear someone saying “Kudos to you,” you will know where it comes from.
The highest point of a structure; the peak or zenith of something. One could say that Rome reached the acme of its power on 117 AD, under the rule of Trajan.
“The acme of modular, factory-built, passively safe reactor design, however, is found in South Africa. People there have been experimenting with so-called pebble-bed reactors for decades.” (The Economist)
Acro means edge or extremity, while polis means city. Acropolis, therefore, refers to cities that were built with security purposes in mind. The word Acropolis is commonly associated with Greece’s capital Athens, although it can refer to any citadel, including Rome and Jerusalem.