Greek Suffixes

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-ize
(makes a verb causative)
ex: apologize, characterize
VERB ENDINGS
-ic
pertaining to
ex: geographic
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-tic
pertaining to
ex: politic
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-stic
pertaining to
ex: agnostic
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-istic
pertaining to
ex: characteristic
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-etic
pertaining to
ex: splenetic
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-otic
pertaining to
ex: amniotic
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-id
associated with
ex: parotid
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-iac
associated with
ex: cardiac
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-ian
associated with
ex: utopian
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-oid
shaped like, having the property of
ex: colloid
ADJECTIVE ENDINGS
-sia
quality, action, state, disease, etc. (cf. English -ness and -hood)
ex: amnesia
NOUN ENDINGS (abstractions)
-sy
quality, action, state, disease, etc. (cf. English -ness and -hood)
ex: epilepsy
NOUN ENDINGS (abstractions)
-ia
quality, action, state, disease, etc. (cf. English -ness and -hood)
ex: hydrophobia
NOUN ENDINGS (abstractions)
-y
quality, action, state, disease, etc. (cf. English -ness and -hood)
ex: apology
NOUN ENDINGS (abstractions)
-t
doer, agent
ex: poet
NOUN ENDINGS (agent)
-te
doer, agent
ex: athlete
NOUN ENDINGS (agent)
-ter
doer, agent
ex: crater
NOUN ENDINGS (agent)
-st
doer, agent
ex: amethyst
NOUN ENDINGS (agent)
-ist
doer, agent
ex: biologist
NOUN ENDINGS (agent)
-ad
a collection of, something/someone, associated with
ex: Iliad
NOUN ENDINGS (groups)
-ian
a collection of, something/someone, associated with
ex: physician
NOUN ENDINGS (groups)
-ite
a collection of, something/someone, associated with
ex: pyrite
NOUN ENDINGS (groups)
-ode
shaped like
ex: nematode
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-eion
place for
ex: Asklepieion
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-ion
diminutive
ex: Heraion
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-eum
place for
ex: museum
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-ium
place for
ex: pandemonium
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-ion
diminutive
ex: criterion
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-ium
diminutive
ex: epithelium
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-isk
diminutive
ex: basilisk
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-ism
condition, belief in
ex: symbolism
NOUN ENDINGS (things)
-ics
study of
ex: physics
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-ology
study of
ex: geology
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-ide
chemical
ex: chloride
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-ine
chemical
ex: chlorine
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-ane
chemical
ex: methane
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-ene
chemical
ex: ethylene
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-yne
chemical
ex: hexyne
NOUN ENDINGS (things scientific)
-itis
inflammation of
ex: arthritis
NOUN ENDINGS (mainly medical)
-osis
morbid condition
ex: sclerosis
NOUN ENDINGS (mainly medical)
-iasis
morbid condition
ex: psoriasis
NOUN ENDINGS (mainly medical)
-oma
morbid growth, tumor
ex: glaucoma
NOUN ENDINGS (mainly medical)
-sis
the act or the action of
ex: thesis
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-se
the act or the action of
ex: phrase
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-m
the result of an action
ex: poem
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-ma
ex: cinema
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-mat(-)
(used expecially if affixing further suffixes)
ex: mathematics
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-mata (plural of -ma)
ex: problemata
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-me (from French)
ex: theme
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-t, -te
past participle suffix (=”-ed”)
ex: anecdote
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)
-st
past participle suffix (=”-ed”)
ex: caustic
NOUNS FROM VERBS (ATTACHED EXCLUSIVELY TO VERB STEMS)

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