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Suffixes

A set of suffixes, their meanings, and examples.
a data set by ms.brown
created May 22, 2017
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FAMILY TREE
SuffixMeaningExample(s)
-able, -iblecan be donecapable, invincible
-al, -ialhaving characteristics ofcolonial, betrayal
-cidekillinsecticide, fungicide
-domcondition ofkingdom
-edshows past-tense in verbsfainted, loved
-enmade of/to makewooden, tighten
-ence, -anceact/condition ofprominence, penance
-ent, -antconditionstudent, participant
-ent, -antquality (usually an adjective)arrogant
-ercomparativebigger
-er, -orone whoworker, conductor
-ery, -aryrelating to/place wherebakery, dictionary
-aryone whomissionary
-essdenotes the femininegoddess, actress
-estcomparativebiggest
-fulfull ofcareful, beautiful
-fy, -ifyto makemagnify
-hoodstate, quality, or condition ofboyhood, knighthood
-ian, -anbelonging to/one having a certain skillAmerican, electrician
-ichaving characteristics ofrustic
-ingverb form: present participlesinging, living
-ion, -tion, -ation, -itionact of/process/result ofaction, imagination
-ishrelating toselfish
-ismact/belieffeminism
-istone who does a certain actionchemist
-ity, -tystate ofcharity
-ive, -ative, -itiveinclined or tending toward an actiontalkative, normative
-ize, -iseto make or cause to becomeadvertise, accessorize
-lesswithoutthankless, peerless
-logy, -ologystudy ofarchaeology
-lycharacteristic ofstrangely, friendly
-mentaction or processstatement, enjoyment
-nesscondition ofsweetness
-ous, -eous, -iouspossessing the qualities ofrighteous, envious
-s, -esshows pluralitydogs, wishes
-shipcondition of/skillleadership, friendship
-somecharacterized by a certain qualityawesome
-tudecondition, state, or quality ofaltitude
-ycharacterized bysunny
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