Rare Greek Words Few People Use | Upgrade Your Greek With These Words

You may have started learning Greek and you want to impress your fellow students, teachers, and the native speakers. Helinika comes to the rescue by providing you with a list of rare Greek words only avid speakers use. Some of these words might give an “it’s all Greek to me” reaction even to your Greek language teacher. Let’s get started.

Rare Greek Words That Will Upgrade Your Vocabulary

  • Αλεξιβρόχιο: synonym of «ομπρέλα» (umbrella).
  • Αμφίψωμο: synonym of «σάντουιτς» (sandwich).
  • Βαυκαλίζω: to fool someone with fake promises.
  • Δερματοστιξία: a synonym of «τατουάζ» (tattoo art).
  • Εκμαυλίζω: to corrupt someone.
  • Ευκαταφρόνητος: negligible, a person that is worth ignoring.
  • Ζοφερός: dark, a person or situation that instills fear and negative emotions.
  • Ιλαρός: synonym of «χαρούμενος» (happy).
  • Κίβδηλος: fraudulent, counterfeit.
  • Λεξιθηρία: what you are currently doing: looking for rare words to use.
  • Μονολιθικός: inflexible, someone who is unable to change his or her point of view.
  • Πτωχαλαζών: someone who is poor and arrogant at the same time.
  • Ρηξικέλευθος: groundbreaking.
  • Ταχυφαγείο: synonym of «φασφουντάδικο» (fast-food restaurant).
  • Φενάκη: synonym of «περούκα» (wig), fraud, deception.

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Can a Greek-speaker Understand These Scientific Terms? Greek-Originating English Words

greek scientific terms

Hyperopia, progeria, archidendron, alektrorophobia, anthocyanin. What do these words have in common? Well, not only are they scientific terms used in medicine, psychology, botany, and chemistry, but they also derive from Greek words.

Rumor has it that Greek-speakers (native and proficient) have an advantage in science. This is because they don’t have to try memorizing complex terminology that means nothing to them. “Alektorophobia”, for example, derives from the Greek word “alektor” (rooster) and “phobia” (fear). Greek-speakers immediately know what this irrational fear is all about.

Can a native Greek speaker pass the test?

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00:00 Can a Greek-speaker Understand These Scientific Terms? 0

0:46 Dysentery

01:13 Hyperopia

01:52 Diptheria

02:16 Progeria

02:37 Sycophant

03:28 Antidote

03:52 Alektorophobia

04:09 Cryophobia

04:21 Nephophobia

04:53 Onomatophobia

05:23 Aerophobia

05:39 Hemophobia

06:00 Ophidiophobia

06:13 Campanula

06:38 Paranthropus

06:51 Archidendron (Grandiflorum)

07:25 Anthocyanin

07:39 Bacteriophage

07:56 Bromine

08:12 Cephalopod

08:31 Pterodactyl

08:48 Gametophyte

09:05 So, Do Greeks Have an Advantage in Science?

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