What is ultra?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
March 26, 2015
What is ultra?

Many words from the vocabulary of Russian people are borrowed from other languages. This can be said about the prefix "ultra." Although it is often used in everyday life, not everyone knows what ultra is.


This prefix is ​​borrowed from the Latin language and literally means “outside”, “above”. Many encyclopedic dictionaries define this word as a prefix, which is used for compound words. It is used to refer to something outside the norm, something extraordinary.

For example, “ultra” is used to determine the highest degree of any state or quality. An example of this would be such words: ultrashort, ultramodern, trendy.

With the help of this prefix you can add any exorbitant quality characteristic to any word. In this sense, the following words are used: ultraviolet, ultrasound, ultrasound.

Thanks to the prefix "ultra", one can characterize the extreme position in culture or politics.The following words are used for this: ultrapatriotism, ultraradical, ultra-leftist.

If you look at the definition of the word “ultra” in the dictionary of foreign words, this term is used to name representatives of certain reactionary groups in some countries. Such a word is called the supporters of these groups themselves.

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