CET4 TEM4 考 研 CET6
dis-, 分开，散开。-cuss, 摇，震荡，词源同concussion,percussion. 引申词义谈话，讨论。
- discuss:  The ultimate source of discuss meant ‘smash to pieces’. It comes from discuss-, the past participle stem of Latin discutere, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis- ‘apart’ and quatere ‘shake’ (from which English also gets concussion and quash). Its literal meaning was ‘smash apart, break up’, and this gradually developed via ‘scatter, disperse’ to, in post-classical times, ‘investigate, examine’ and eventually ‘debate’.
The apparently wide semantic discrepancy between ‘scatter, disperse’ and ‘examine’ was probably bridged by some such intermediate notion as ‘disperse or separate in the mind so as to distinguish and identify each component’.
=> concussion, quash
- discuss (v.)
- mid-14c., "to examine, investigate," from Latin discuss-, past participle stem of discutere "to dash to pieces, agitate," in Late Latin and Vulgar Latin also "to discuss, investigate" (see discussion). Meaning "examine by argument, debate" is from mid-15c. Related: Discussed; discussing.
- 1. The Politburo has been meeting in Peking to discuss the situation.
- 2. Senior politicians met today to discuss the future of European economic unity.
- 3. The magazine's aim is to discuss topical issues within a Christian framework.
- 4. All he ever does is discuss the same boring list of medications.
- 5. They will discuss how to bail the economy out of its slump.
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