Adjective Suffixes - 243

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Adjective Suffixes.


As adjectives are frequently used as nouns, many suffixes are common to both.

1. English Suffixes.

Ed (= having), en (= made of), er (comparative), ern; est, st (superlative), fold (multiplied by), ful, ing (participle), ish (rather), le, less (= without), ly (= like), most, some, y, (= denoting quality).

Gifted

Golden

Sweeter

Northern

Softest

Best

Fourfold

Thankful

The Coming Year

Whitish

Little

Careless

Homely

Goodly

Utmost

Frolicsome

Further

Praiseworthy

Stony

Gentlemanly

2. Of French Origin.

Ain, ant, esc, esque, ous.

Certain

Gallant

Burmese

Picturesque

Generous

Piteous

3. Of Latin Origin (often through French).

Ble, acious, al, an, ane, ar, ary, ate, atic, el, ene, ent, fic, ial, ian, ic, ical, il, ile, ine, ious, ique, ite, ive, ory, ous, pie, ulent, uous.

Humble

Readable

Terrible

Mortal

Circular

Human

Humane

Imaginary

Immediate

Rheumatic

Infidel

Serene

Fluent

Pacific

Celestial

Christian

Public

Identical

Civil

Fragile

Marine

Ambitious

Exquisite

Active

Compulsory

Serious

Triple

Corpulent

Fraudulent

Conspicuous

Efficacious

Unique

4. Of Greek Origin.

Ac, al, ic, oid.

Maniac

Colossal

Athletic

Spheroid

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