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Appendix I

Indo-European Roots
 
ENTRY:dhs-
DEFINITION:Root of words in religious concepts. Contracted from *dhe1s-. Possibly an extension of dh-.
Derivatives include feast, fanatic, atheism, and enthusiasm.
1. Suffixed form *dhs-y-. fair2, feria, from Latin friae (< Archaic Latin fsiae), holidays. 2. Suffixed form *dhs-to-. feast, –fest, festal, festival, festive, festoon, fete, fiesta; Oktoberfest, from Latin fstus, festive. 3. Suffixed zero-grade form *dhs-no-. fanatic; profane, from Latin fnum, temple. 4. Suffixed zero-grade form *dhs-o-. theo-; apotheosis, atheism, enthusiasm, henotheism, pantheon, polytheism, tiffany, from Greek theos (< *thes-os), god. (Pokorny dhs- 259.)
 
 
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