Definitions

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  • suffix used to indicate a plural form of some words of Latin or Italian origin, such as virtuosi or concerti
  • suffix Used to form adjectives and nouns describing people of a particular city, region, or country, and the language spoken by these people.

Etymologies

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From Latin , the plural ending of the Latin second declension, whence the plural of Italian nouns in -o and -e.

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From the Arabic nisba suffix ـي (-ī, -iyy). In English productive from the 19th century.

Examples

  • In light of the recent revelations on the subject of Van Gogh's death -i.e., was it suicide, or perhaps murder, I asked Childish to comment on the death of someone he has admired throughout his life.

    Susan Michals: Billy Childish Talks Van Gogh and His Definition of the Word "Amateur"

  • Increasing the conceit of those in power in Russia is the fact that the country holds a permanent seat at the Security Council, which allows it to make use of its veto to foreclose resolutions they do not want, just like the other four permanent member-countries -i.e. the United States, Britain, China and France.

    Raghida Dergham: Moscow's Failed Policy on the Syrian Crisis

  • In light of the recent revelations on the subject of Van Gogh's death -i.e., was it suicide, or perhaps murder, I asked Childish to comment on the death of someone he has admired throughout his life.

    Susan Michals: Billy Childish Talks Van Gogh and His Definition of the Word "Amateur"

  • Once it became illegal, however, it completely disappeared -i can recollect one instance since, but it was someone using a supply they had purchased before it became illegal- along with the dealers.

    The Guardian World News

  • That risky strategy is jokingly known as a "Texas hedge"-i.e., not a hedge at all.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • And I certainly don't use my little toy shaver on mommy's whiskers, no matter how long they've gotten in the last year -i I mean, jeez, what's up with that, anyway?

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • While there was once a traditional way to "make it"-i.e., graduating, landing a job, and working one's way up the corporate ladder-increasingly workers are finding that they can no longer rely on corporations to carry them.

    Slate Articles

  • He reminds us that by focusing too narrowly on the technological aspect of cyberspace, we can overlook the fact that "attacks coming from vectors inherent in the technology do not have to target the exploited technology"-i.e. focusing on risks to can potentially blind us to risks through cyberspace.

    Forbes.com: News

  • But hey, it all looks flashy, makes great noises, and scares the hell outta people---i ­n short, a great social control device to use against the public.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Tiger or mr. woods --a news confrence -that is so wonderful and so let me whisper some one may hear us whisper whisper -i love -oh gosh Report Abuse This proves that the Cavs organization had no interest in winning ..

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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