Vocabulary Suffixes

-able, -ible
capable of, fit for

durable, comprehensible

-acy
state or quality of

accuracy

-age
action or state of

breakage

-al, -ial
relating to

abdominal

-an (-ane, -ian)
the nature of

Grecian, African

-ance, -ence
quality or action of

insurance, corpulence

-ant
forming adjectives of quality, nouns signifying a personal agent or something producing an effect

defiant, servant

-atable
capable of, fit for
-arium, -orium
place for

aquarian, auditorium

-ary
place for, dealing with

seminary, dictionary

-ate
cause to be, office of

animate, magistrate

-ation, -ition
action or state of

condition, diplapidation

-cle, icle
diminutive

icicle

-dom
condition or control

kingdom

-en
small or quality

mitten or golden broken

-er
belonging to

farmer, New Yorker

-ess
feminine suffix

hostess, waitress

-et, -ette
small

puppet, marionette

-ferous
producing

coniferous

-ful
full of

colorful, beautiful

-fy, -ify
make

satisfy, fortify

-hood
state or condition of

boyhood, childhood

-ia
names of classes, names of places

bacteria, America

-ian
practitioner or inhabitant

musician, Parisian

-ion
condition or action of

persuasion

-ic
relating to

historic

-id(e)
a quality

acid

-ine
a compound

chlorine

-ish
a similarity or relationship

childish, greenish

-ism
quality or doctrine of

realism, socialism

-itis
inflammation of (medical)

bronchitis

-ist
one who practices

chemist, pessimist

-ity, -ety, ty
state or quality of

loyalty

-ive
nature of

creative, receptive

-ize, -ise
make, practice, act like

modernize, advertise

-less
lacking

fearless, faceless

-logy
indicating a branch of knowledge

biology, psychology

-lent
fullness

violent

-ly
having the quality of

softly, quickly

-ment
action or condition of

resentment

-metry, -meter
measurement

gasometer, geometry

-mony
resulting condition

testimony

-oid
resembling

ovoid

-or
a state or action, a person who, or thing which

error, governor, victor, generator

-ous, -ose
full of

murderous, anxious, officious, morose

-osis
process or condition of

metamorphosis

-some
like

gladsome

-tude
quality or degree of

altitude, gratitude

-ward
direction

backward, outward

-y
condition

difficulty