Quick Summary

The Latin root struct means “built.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including instruct and destruct. The Latin root struct is easily recalled via the word structure, for a structure is a building which has been, well, “built!”

How "Struct" Built Words

The Latin root struct means “built.” Today we will discuss English words that have been “built” or structured with struct.

The playthings of earthquakes are structures, or those “buildings” which have been constructed or “built” by humans. If the structure of a building, or the way in which it was “built,” can withstand an earthquake’s terrible forces, then the structure may not totally undergo destruction, or having that which was “built” taken apart. However, if the structure was not “built” with earthquakes in mind, the earthquake’s destructive forces will tear it apart so that it will need reconstructing, needing to be “built” again. No amount of structural engineering, or those processes pertaining to the way in which buildings are “built,” can make a building completely earthquake proof, or indestructible.

Earthquakes aside, a city’s infrastructure is that part of the city that has been “built” to supply basic needs, being an underlying framework of systems, such as roads, buildings, power, pipes for water, schools, etc. Speaking of schools, it is there that we are instructed, that is, where our knowledge is “built” by instructors via their instruction. The teachers, or instructors who help “build” the education of students, are always trying to be efficient and effective in their instructive methods. They try their best to get rid of things that may obstruct the learning of their students, that is, those things that are “built” in the way of learning, such as having too much noise in the classroom. An unstructured environment, or one that is not “built” well, is an obstruction in and of itself, because it does not promote learning.

I think that we have now “built” a sufficient amount of instruction on struct. Hopefully you’ve been well instructed in this root, but if it does need restructuring in your mind you can always listen to the podcast again!

  1. structure: an object, like a building, which has been “built”
  2. constructed: “built”
  3. structure: the way in which a building was “built”
  4. destruction: away from having been “built”
  5. destructive: of being away from being “built”
  6. reconstruct: to “build” again
  7. structural: pertaining to how a building was “built”
  8. indestructible: not capable of being away from being “built”
  9. infrastructure: underlying framework of a city that is “built” into it
  10. instructed: knowledge “built” into someone
  11. instructor: one who “builds” knowledge into someone
  12. instruction: the act of “building” knowledge
  13. instructive: of the “building” of knowledge
  14. obstruct: to “build” in the way of
  15. unstructured: not “built” in an organized fashion
  16. obstruction: that which has been “built” in the way of something
  17. restructure: to “build” again, often in a different, more efficient way


  • construct

    When you construct something, you build or create it.

  • destruction

    The destruction of something is the causing of so much damage to it that it cannot be fixed.

  • structure

    The structure of something is how the parts that make it up are put together; it can also be the thing, such as a building, that those parts make.

  • construction

    the act of constructing something

  • constructive

    constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

  • destruct

    destroy (one's own missile or rocket)

  • destructible

    Liable to destruction; capable of being destroyed.

  • destructive

    Causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; -- often with of or to; as, intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth.

  • indestructible

    not easily destroyed

  • infrastructure

    the basic structure or features of a system or organization

  • instruct

    impart skills or knowledge to

  • instruction

    telling someone how to do something

  • instructive

    serving to instruct or enlighten or inform

  • instructor

    One who instructs; one who imparts knowledge to another; a teacher.

  • obstruct

    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

  • obstruction

    The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

  • reconstruct

    To construct again; to rebuild; to remodel; to form again or anew.

  • restructure

    to change the pattern or makeup of something

  • structural

    relating to or caused by structure, especially political or economic structure

  • unstructured

    not organized

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