earth: The fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe. From Old English “eorthe”=ground, soil, dry land.

earthquake: Shaking of the earth’s surface that can cause extreme damage. From Old English “eorthe”=ground + “cweccan”=shake, move.

Easter: Christian festival celebrating resurrection of Christ. From Old English “eastre” < “Eostre”=pagan goddess of the dawn (east).

ecdysiast: stripper, exotic dancer. Invented in 1940 by H.L. Mencken. From Greek “ecdysis”=shedding of skin + “-astes”=one connected with.

eclectic: Selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas. From Greek “eklektikos”=selective < “ek”=out + “lego”=I choose.

ectylotic: Removing warts or calluses. Greek “ektulotikos” < “ek-“=out + “tulos”=wart.

efficacy: Power or capacity to produce effects. From Latin “efficere”=to accomplish + suffix “-acy”=makes a noun from a verb

egotism: Selfishness, self-conceit, boastfulness; given to talking about oneself. From Latin “ego”=I + “-ism”=noun-forming suffix.

egress: Act of coming (or going) out; become apparent. From Latin “egressus” < “e-“=out + “gradi”=to step or walk.

eicastic: Imitative; copied. Greek “eikastikos”=able to represent < “eikon”=image.

eidolon: Ghost, phantom, or elusive image. From Greek “eidolon”=image < “eidos”=form or shape.

eisegesis: Interpreting scriptures by reading ones own ideas into it. From Greek “eis”=into + “egeisthai”=to lead or guide.

election: The process of selecting a person or persons by voting. From Latin “eligere”=pick out or select.

eleven: Number after ten. From Old English “endleofan”=one left (after ten).

elude: Escape from someone, usual on purpose. From Latin “eludere”=escape from < “ex”=out/away + “ludere”=to play.

embellish: Decorate something to make it more attractive. Old French “embellir” < “en-“=to make” + “bel” < Latin “bellus”=beautiful.

embrace: Put your arms around someone in a friendly hug. From Old French “embracer” < “en”=in + “brace”=arms < Latin “bracchia”=arms.

emetology: The study of vomiting. From Greek “emetos”=vomiting + “-logy”=science of discipline of…

emunctory: Related to blowing the nose; also any body excretion. From Latin “e-“=prefix for away or out + “mungere”=to blow the nose.

enamored: Marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness. From Old French “enamourer” < Latin “in-“out into + “amorem”=love.

enchant: To charm, delight, enrapture others. Originally to put someone under a spell. From Latin “in-“=upon + “cantare”=to sing.

enchilada: Corn tortilla bread wrapped around filling and coated with chili sauce. From Mexican Spanish “enchilada” < ”en-”=in + “chile”=chili.

encomium: Formal or high-flown expression of praise. Latin “encomium” < Greek “enkomium” < “en”=in + “komos”=celebration.

encumbrance: barrier, burden, or impediment. From Latin “in”=upon + “combrus”=obstacle (< “cumulus”=heap) + “-ance”=quality of.

engage: Get involved with people in order to understand them. From M.Fr. “engagier” < Old French “en”=make +”gage”=a pledge.

engastration: In cooking, stuffing one bird inside another. From Greek “en-“=in + “gastris”=belly/stomach + “-ation”=action-creating suffix

engastrimyth: A ventriloquist. From Greek “engastrimythos” < “en-“=in + “gastris”=belly + “mythos”=speech. Lit. speaking in the belly.

embezzle: To carry off secretly; to steal. Anglo-French “enbesiler” < “en-“=out into + Old French “beziller”=lay waste to, destroy.

enigmatic: Ambiguous, obscure, or mysterious. Latin “aenigman” < Greek “ainigma” < “ainissesthai”=speak obscurely < “ainos”=fable.

ennui: Feeling of mental weariness and dissatisfaction. Old French “ennui” < Latin “in odio”=hatred, dislike, annoyance.

ensconce: Fix firmly into place. From Dutch “schans”=small fortification + “en-“=to put. So, put a fortification in place.

entourage: A group of associates/attendants. Your “posse.” From Middle French “entourer”; Old French “en”=in + “tour”=a circuit or tour.

epic: Long story about brave actions and exciting events. From Latin “epicus” < “Greek “epikos”=word, narrative, or song.

epicure: One with discriminating taste, especially for food and wine. Eponym from Greek philosopher, Epicouros, who taught pleasure is good.

epigram: Short, witty and/or wise saying, sometimes in the form of a rhyme. From Greek “epigramma” < “epi-“=upon + “graphein”=to write.

epilepsy: Medical condition that causes seizures, spasms, and unconsciousness. From Greek “epilepsia” < “epi-“=upon + “lambanein”=to take.

epilogist: Writer or speaker of an epilogue. From Greek “epilogos” < “epi-“=in addition + “logos”=speech + “-ist”=suffix to create a person.

epitaph: Inscription on a tomb or a brief description of a deceased person. From Greek “epi-“=upon + “taphos”=tomb, sepulture.

eponym: Word named after a person or place e.g. “sandwich” after Earl of Sandwich. From Greek “eponomous” < “epi-“=upon + “onoma”=name.

equine: Related to a horse. From Latin “equus”=horse.

eremite: One who has retired into solitude for religious reasons. From late Latin “eremita” < Greek “erimia”=desert < “erimos”=deserted.

ersatz: Replacement or substitute, often of inferior quality. From German “ersetzen”=to replace.

esoteric: Confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle. Greek “esoterikos” < “esotero” within.

eulogy: Speech praising a dead person. From Greek “eulogia”=praise < “eu-“=well or good + “logos”=words. Literally “good words.”

euphemism: Word used in place of a more blunt or offensive one. e.g. “let go” for “fired.” From Greek “eu-“=good + “pheme”=speaking.

eurotophobia: Fear of female genitals. From Greek “euroos”=flowing well + “phobos”=fear/flight.

evince: Give expression to. From Latin “evincere”=to overcome or prevail < “e-“=out + “vincere”=to conquer.

exaltation: Collection of larks (from 1430). From Latin “ex-“=upwards + “altus”=high + “-tion”=that which is. Literally “that which is up high.”

execrable: Detestable, wicked, very bad. From Latin “”execrabilis”=cursing < “execrare”=to curse < “ex”=out + “sacrare”=religious devotion.

execration: Using curses or the thing cursed. From Latin “execrari”=to curse < “ex-“=without + “sacrare”=to devote religiously.

executioner: One who legally puts another to death. From Latin “ex-“=out + “sequi”=to follow. In this sense, “to execute a death sentence.”

exegesis: An explanation, particularly of scriptures. From Greek “exigisthai”=to interpret < “ex-“out of + “egeisthai”=to lead or guide.

excellent: Something very good or wonderful. Surpassing others. From Latin “excellere”=to surpass or rise above.

excoriate: to denounce, censure, or condemn. From Latin “ex”=off + “corium”=skin.

exhibition: Event to highlight/promote products e.g. CES http://ad.vu/pqaj. From Latin “ex”=out + “habere”=hold; lit. “hold out and show.”

exigent: Requiring immediate action or help; pressing or urgent. From Latin “exigere” < “ex-“=out + “agere”=to drive.

exit: To leave or depart; act of going out or forth. From Latin “exire”=to go out < “ex-“=out + “ire”=to go.

expiate: Make amends for; to do penance for sin. Latin “expiare”=to make satisfaction < “ex-“=relieve + “piare”=to seek appease.

exposition: Act of explaining, proposing, or describing something. From Latin “exponere”=to put forth < “ex-“=out + “ponere”=to put or place.

expropriate: Deprive of possessions. Latin “expropriare”=take property away < “ex-“=remove + “proprium”=property < “proprius”=own.

exsect: To cut out or remove. Latin “exsecare” < “ex-“=out + “secare”=to cut.

extant: Currently or still existing; not lost or destroyed. From Latin “extare”=to stand out < “ex-“=out + “stare”=to stand.

extent: The range which something covers; the scope of something. From Latin “extendere” < “ex-“=out + “tendere”=to stretch.

extinct: No longer in existence; out of use. From Latin “extinguere”=to die out < “ex-“=out + “”stinguere”=to quench.

extirpate: Pull up by, or as if by, the roots. Latin “extirpare” < to clear of tree stumps < “ex”=out + “stirp”=tree stem.

extract: To remove something from somewhere. From Latin “extrahere”=to draw out < “ex-“=out + “trahere”=to draw.