television


television
[20] Television means etymologically ‘far vision’. Its first element, tele-, comes from Greek téle ‘far off’, a descendant of the same base as télos ‘end’ (source of English talisman and teleology). Other English compounds formed from it include telegraph [18], telegram [19], telepathy [19] (etymologically ‘far feeling’, coined by the psychologist Frederic Myers in 1882), telephone [19], telescope [17] (a word of Italian origin), and telex [20] (a blend of teleprinter and exchange). Television itself was coined in French, and was borrowed into English in 1907. Of its abbreviations, telly dates from about 1940, TV from 1948. => TALISMAN, TELEOLOGY
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   The word is a blend of Greek tele, 'far,' and Latin visio, genitive visionis, 'sight,' 'seeing.' Most words for scientific apparatus of this kind have Greek origins for both elements, such as telegraph ('far writing'), telephone ('far sounding') and telescope ('far seeing'). Television is thus a hybrid.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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