1. be- = completely; intensely
befit(v.)[very formal] to be suitable for someone or something
EX. She dressed as befitted the daughter of a millionaire.
besiege(v.) to gather round a person or place in a way that threatens or annoys them
EX. The company's offices were besieged by hundreds of people who had holidays planned.
bereaved(adj.) a bereaved person is someone whose close friend or family member has recently died
2. pre- = before
previous(adj.) a previous event, period, or thing happened or existed before the one you are talking about
EX. Neighbours said they had seen the man in the area on two previous ocassions.
EX. The previous owners of the house had hired an expensive interior decoractor.
predecessor[`prɛdɪ͵sɛsɚ](n.) the person who had a job or official position before someone else
EX. Algood seems to have learned nothing from the faults of his predecessors.
EX. There are good precedents for this sort of cooperation between organizations.
set/ establish/ create a precedent
EX. Arab states condemned the plan, regarding it as setting a dangerous precedent.
EX. This is disturbing news and totally without precedent.
3. contra- = against
contradict(v.) to say that the opposite of what someone has said is true
EX. He didn't dare contradict his parents.
(v.) if one statement, piece of evidence, story etc contradicts another, they disagree and cannot both be true
EX. Her account of the accident contradicts that of the other driver.
contrary(adj.) completely different or opposed to something else +to
EX. The introduction of such a tax would be contrary to out policy.
contrast(n.) a noticeble difference between people or things +between
EX. the contrast between her life before the accident and now
(n.) something that is different from something else in a very noticeble way +to
EX. The little village was a total contrast to San Francisco.
by/ in contrast used when you are comparing two things or people and saying that the second one is very different from the first
EX. The technology sector is doing badly. Old economy stocks, by contrast, are performing well again.
4. debts(n.) an amount of money that you owe
liability(n.) the amount of money that a company owes