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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A compound adjective termination of Latin origin, forming, from Latin verb-stems, adjectives expressing intensity of physical or mental action, as in audacious, daring, very bold, capacious, holding much, fallacious, deceitful, loquacious, talking much, pugnacious, inclined to fight, mendacious, ready at lying, vivacious, very lively, voracious, eating much, etc. Such adjectives are accompanied. by nouns in -aci-ty, and the nouns rarely by verbs in -aci-t-ate: as, capacious, capacity, capacitate, etc.

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