fin & finis

ROOT-WORDS are FIN & FINIS meaning END. The Latin word finis has become a part of our language and you will often see it after the last sentence of an English book. Word No. 20, financial, meaning relating to money, does not seem to belong to this list. What has money to do with FIN meaning end? Actually there is a relation. Finance comes from finer which means to end, and also to pay. When you pay your bill the financial matter is ended. Rather farfetched, don’t you think? But there it is.

1. Final : FIN al (fine’ l) adj.

Relating to the end; as, the final addition

2. Finale : FIN ale (fin al’ ee) n.

The last section of a musical composition

3. Finalism : FIN alism (fie’ nal iz um) n.

Theological doctrine

4. Fin do siecle : FIN de siecle (fan de sya’ k’l) n.

End of the century

5. Finis : FINIS (fin’ is) n.

End; conclusion

6. Finish : FIN ish (fin’ ish) v.

To complete; to reach the end

7. Finite : FIN ite (fie’ nite) adj.

Definitely limited

8. Finitesimal : FIN itesimal (fin i tes’ I mal) adj.

Defined by a finite ordinal number

9. Finial : FIN ial (fin’ ee al) n.

The very topmost; a crowning detail

10. Finific : FIN ific (fi nif’ ik) adj.

A limiting element or quality

11. Finitude : FIN itude (fin’ i tude) n.

A finite state

12. Finity : FIN ity (fin’ i ti) n.

The quality of finitude

13. Affinity : af FIN ity (a fin’ it ee) n.

Attraction; resemblance

14. Confine : con FIN e (kone fine’) v.

To keep shut in; as, confine to bed

15. Define : de FIN e (de fine’) v.

To mark the limit; as, to define the power of the court

16. Definitive : de FIN itive (de fin’ it iv) adj.

Conclusive; as, a definitive statement

17. Infinite : in FIN ite (in’ fi nit) adj.

Without end; limitless

18. Infinity : in FINity (in fin’ it ee) n.

Eternity; boundlessness

19. Infinitesimal : in FIN itesimal (in fin i tes’ i mal) adj.

So small it cannot be measured

20. Financial : FIN ancial (fin an’ chul) adj.

Relating to money; as, a financial statement of the account

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