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The Latin root greg means “flock.” This Latin root is the word origin of a small number of highly used English vocabulary words, including congregate and segregate. The root greg is easily recalled via the word gregarious, for a person who is gregarious loves to “flock” with others.

"Greg" Flocks with the Best of Them

The Latin root word greg means “flock.” Today we will discuss the “flock” of words that contain the root greg.

Are you a gregarious person, loving to “flock” with others more than being by yourself? If so, you probably congregate often, or “flock” with others for activities. In fact, you may even belong to a congregation or group of people who regularly “flock” together in a church or for a religious service. You could compute the aggregate number of people in your congregation, that is, the sum total of people who possess the quality of having “flocked” towards each other to form a whole.

Sometimes people who want to be gregarious are forced to undergo segregation or the state of being apart from “flocking” with others. It is not always just to segregate people from their chosen “flock,” although that has happened often in the history of nations. It is often wonderful when desegregation occurs, that is, reverting from the segregated state of not “flocking” apart anymore to one of “flocking” together! Desegregation is often seen in retrospect to be a very positive occurrence; segregation, on the other hand, is often considered egregious behavior as it is far beyond reasonable social norms, or outside the “flock” of those citizens who possess natural integrity as law-abiding and just citizens.

Note that the name Greg does not come from the Latin root meaning “flock,” but rather derives from another Latin word meaning “watchful” or “wakeful,” that is, “vigilant.”

Don’t be sheepish about taking this little “flock” of words and allowing them to congregate everyday in your usage of English vocabulary!

  1. gregarious: of liking to “flock” with other people
  2. congregate: “flock” together
  3. congregation: state of “flocking” together
  4. aggregate: of having “flocked” to
  5. segregation: the state of being apart from “flocking”
  6. segregate: to part a “flock” by moving people apart from one another
  7. desegregation: the state of being from being apart from “flocking”
  8. egregious: of being outside the normal “flock”


  • aggregate

    An aggregate is the final or sum total after many different amounts or scores have been added together.

  • egregious

    An egregious mistake, failure, or problem is an extremely bad and very noticeable one.

  • gregarious

    A gregarious person is friendly, highly social, and prefers being with people rather than being alone.

  • aggregation

    several things grouped together or considered as a whole

  • congregate

    come together, usually for a purpose

  • congregation

    a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

  • desegregate

    open (a place) to members of all races and ethnic groups

  • desegregation

    the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community

  • egregiousness

    The state of being egregious.

  • gregariousness

    the quality of being gregarious--having a dislike of being alone

  • segregate

    separate by race or religion

  • segregation

    (genetics) the separation of paired alleles during meiosis so that members of each pair of alleles appear in different gametes

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