-orama

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from English panorama and cyclorama, and thus from Ancient Greek ὅρᾱμᾰ (hórāma, sight”, “spectacle) and ultimately Proto-Indo-European *wer-, meaning to perceive or look out for.

Suffix[edit]

-orama

  1. Used to form, from one noun, a second, meaning "wide view of" the first, or (with ironic reference to the preceding sense) "surfeit of", "overattention to", or "exaggerated praise of" the first.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The suffix is usually appended without hyphenation, or occasionally with hyphen intended to catch the eye.
  • Following a noun ending in a vowel or r sound, the altered form -rama is usually substituted.

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