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Thematic index: Culture & society

-aholic

A person excessively fond of something.

-aire

A person characterized by or linked to the idea in the stem.

arch-

Chief; principal; pre-eminent of its kind.

-archy

Government; rule of a particular type; a chief or ruler.

-ast

A person connected with a pursuit or activity.

-athon

An event long in duration, usually for fund-raising purposes.

-ati

Groups of people.

-cade

A procession or show.

cine-

The cinema; film.

-core

A musical genre.

-cracy

Government, rule, or influence.

-delic

Of attitudes or activities relating to a given type of experience.

demo-

The people.

docu-

A documentary programme.

-ene2

An inhabitant.

ethno-

A nation, people, or culture.

-fest

A festival, gathering, or activity.

-gate

A scandal, especially a political one.

grand-

The second degree of parentage or descent.

homo-2

Man; human being.

-hood

A group of people; a condition or quality.

-ier

A person engaged in an occupation or activity.

-in2

A gathering of people having a common purpose, typically as a form of protest.

-ista

A supporter of a person or organization.

klepto-

Thieving.

-machy

Fighting.

-manship

Skill in a subject or activity.

matri-

A mother.

-meister

A person regarded as skilled or prominent in a specified activity.

metro-3

A capital city or other large urban area.

-monger

A dealer or trader.

-nap

Abduct in order to extract a ransom.

nomo-

Law.

-orama

A display or spectacle.

patri-

Father.

-phile

Lover of or enthusiast for; having an affinity with a given thing.

phylo-

Race; group.

-ploitation

Commercial exploitation in film and other media.

-polis

A city.

politico-

Politically; political and …

porno-

Pornography.

-san

Japanese honorific.

step-

A relationship resulting from a remarriage.

-teria

A self-service establishment.

-tide

A festival of the Christian Church; a specified time or season.

-topia

A place with specified characteristics.

uber-

Superior.

vice-

Deputy; assistant.

-ville

A fictitious place indicating some quality.

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