Meanings

1.
disputed, argued over, controversial
(The verb this was based on doesn't really exist anymore. Similar to "strittig" but "strittig" is only about facts, while this can be about controversy in a broader sense)
Value:
Opposite: unumstritten
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Word of the Day - "streiten"

Vocab:

streiten, der Streit, umstritten, unstrittig, abstreiten, bestreiten, der Mitstreiter, kämpfen


Word Family

Root: *(s)ter-

The core idea of this root was:

stiff, rigid

Pretty simple, but it evolved into quite a few different directions.

Here’s an (incomplete) list of English family members:

  • stark – (“strong, rigid”, shifted toward serious)
  • starch – (“makes mush thick, stiff”)
  • stern – (“rigid”)
  • to start – (“jumping up quickly, stiff muscles”)
  • to startle – (Same as “start” but shifted toward the cause)
  • to stare – (“stiff gaze”, same as German “starren”)
  • starve – (“stiff corpse”, same as German “sterben” – to die)
  • torpedo – (“make numb”, from a Latin name for an electric ray fish that numbs you. Military name first used for sea mines, because they “sting” your ship)
  • stereo – (Greek word for “solid”, they used it among other things for “solid 3D perception, I suppose)

The root is also the origin of the Slavic word star-, which means old.

 

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