There are some spam issues in the comments, so I had to disable comment editing for a short time. It'll be back once the spam bots are gone. FYI... they leave a comment with "great" and then edit in the spam stuff later, to get around the filter.

die Verführung

(noun)

Meanings

1.
the seduction

Read more tap to show/hide

Prefix Advent Calender - 6

A quick look at why "verführen" means "to seduce".


Word Family tap to show/hide

Root: *per

The core idea of this root was:

going beyond, going forth

And a lot of its children revolve in some way around the idea of travelling or exploring – like for instance the German fahren and führen or the English further.
It’s the origin of Latin prefixes like per-, pro-, pro- and also of the Germanic branch around for(e) and German vor, which are all about either “going forth” or a more abstract notion of going beyond a boundary.

The root is also the origin of German fahren and führen  and the English fare, which all come from a sense of travelling, going into the unknown.

You can get a really good understanding of how the core idea can lead to various meanings by looking at German ver-.

The family is very big, but here’s an incomplete list of English members:

  • pre- (mixed)
  • pro-  (mixed)
  • per- (mixed)
  • para- (beyond)
  • to fare, far (venturing)
  • for (from person A to person B)
  • forward, forth, further (going ahead)
0 0 votes
Article Rating

Questions and Comments tap to show/hide

🗨
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments


Never miss out!

Join over 20.000 German learners and get my epic newsletter whenever I post a new article :)

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.