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Glossary of Barron's SUFFIXES

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able, ible

portable
legible
able, ible = CAPABLE OF

portable = able to be carried
legible = able to be read
ac, ic

cardiac
aquatic
ac, ic = LIKE, PERTAINING TO

cardiac = pertaining to the heart
aquatic = pertaining to the water
acious, icious

audacious
avaricious
acious, icious = FULL OF

audacious = full of daring
avaricious = full of greed
al

maniacal
portal
logical
al = PERTAINING TO

maniacal = insance
portal = doorway
logical = pertaining to logic
ant, ent

eloquent
suppliant
verdant
ant, ent = FULL OF

eloquent = pertaining to fluid, effective speech
suppliant = pleader (one full of request)
verdant = green
ary

dictionary
honorary
luminary
ary = LIKE, CONNECTED TO

dictionary = book connected with words
honorary = with honor
luminary = celestial body
ate

consecrate
enervate
mitigate
ate = TO MAKE

consecrate = to make holy
enervate = to make weary
mitigate = to make less severe
ation

exasperation
irritation
ation = THAT WHICH IS

exasperation = irritation
irritation = annoyance
cy

democracy
obstinancy
cy = STATE OF BEING

democracy = governemt ruled by the people
obstinancy = stubbornness
eer, er, or

mutineer
lecher
censor
eer, er, or = PERSON WHO

mutineer = person who rebels
lecher = person who lusts
censor = person who deletes improper remarks
escent

evanescent
pubescent
escent = BECOMING

evanescent = tending to vanish
pubescent = arriving at puberty
fic

terrific
soporific
fic = MAKING, DOING

terrific = arousing great fear
soporific = causing sleep
fy

magnify
petrify
fy = TO MAKE

magnify = enlarge
petrify = turn to stone
iferous

pestiferous
vociferous
iferous = PRODUCING, BEARING

pestiferous = carrying disease
vociferous = bearing a loud voice
il, ile

puerile
civil
il, ile = PERTAINING TO, CAPABLE OF

puerile = pertaining to a boy or child
civil = polite
ism

monotheism
fanaticism
ism = DOCTINE, BELIEF

monotheism = belief in one god
fanaticism = extreme belief, excessive zeal
ist

realist
artist
ist = DEALER, DOER

realist = one who is realistic
artist = one who deals with art
ity

credulity
sagacity
ity = STATE OF BEING

credulity = state of being unduly willing to believe
sagacity = wisdom
ive

quantitative
effusive
ive = LIKE

quantitative - concerned with quantity
effusive - gushing
ize, ise

harmonize
enfranchise
ize, ise = TO MAKE

harmonize = make harmonious
enfranchise = make free or set free
old

ovoid
anthropoid
spheroid
old = RESEMBLING, LIKE

ovoid = like an egg
anthropoid - resembling a human being
spheroid - resembling a sphere
ose

verbose
ose = FULL OF

verbose - full of words
osis

psychosis
hypnosis
osis = CONDITION

psychosis - diseased mental condition
hypnosis - condition of induced sleep
ous

nauseous
ludicrous
ous = FULL OF

nauseous - full of nausea
ludicrous - foolish
tude

fortitude
certitude
tude = STATE OF

fortitude - state of strength
certitude - state of sureness

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