Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A suffix signifying, in general, relating to, or characteristic of
  • (Chem.) A suffix, denoting that the element indicated enters into certain compounds with its highest valence, or with a valence relatively higher than in compounds where the name of the element ends in -ous. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to.

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  • suffix Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";
  • suffix chemistry Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3).

Etymologies

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From French -ique, from Latin -icus, from Proto-Indo-European *-ikos, *-iḱos, formed with the i-stem suffix *-i- and the adjectival suffix *-ko-. Cognates include Ancient Greek -ικος (-ikos), Sanskrit  (-śas),  (-kas) and Old Church Slavonic -ъkъ (ŭkŭ).

Examples

  • The name tags had been specially prepared: a blank space for your name on the first line, the printed words A Person With on the second, and on the bottom line you were supposed to print the name of your phobia, using the -ia suffix, not the -ic.

    Fear Itself

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