Content of the Dictionary of Families
The dictionary of families presents all the words in the headword’s morpho-semantic family. A family consists of the words that have a common morphological root and variations on a common meaning. The following example shows the family of the word destroy, which includes compound words, like self-destruct, and derived words, like indestructibility.
Selecting a word from the list calls up its definition in the right-hand panel. You can move from one word to another in order to see the definitions of all the words in a given family. Click on the column name in the title bar and you can sort the family in alphabetical order or by syntactic category.
This list may contain adjectives shown in italic followed by the note collateral, such as for the word vulpine. This adjective, meaning “relating to a fox” does not belong to the morphological family of fox, but it is closely linked to it by meaning. Clicking on the collateral note will open an article in the guides explaining the details of collateral adjectives.