- serving to augment.
- Grammar. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting increased size or intensity. In Spanish the augmentative suffix -ón is added to a word (as silla “chair”) to indicate increased size, as in sillón “armchair.”
- Grammar. an augmentative element or formation.
Origin of augmentative
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Examples from the Web for augmentative
A diminutive hardly seems the right kind of word under the circumstances; an augmentative would, perhaps, have been better.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)
For the word wizard, from witch, see the section on augmentative forms.
Note:—The rle of augmentative and diminutive suffixes in English is vastly less important than in Italian.Montessori Elementary Materials
The augmentative forms, pre-eminently common in the Italian language, often carry with them a depreciating sense.
The MS. has Garees, a word not to be found in the dictionary, but evidently an augmentative of gara, a heron.
- tending or able to augment
- denoting an affix that may be added to a word to convey the meaning large or great; for example, the suffix -ote in Spanish, where hombre means man and hombrote big man
- denoting a word formed by the addition of an augmentative affix
- grammar an augmentative word or affix
Compare (for senses 2, 3): diminutive
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Word Origin and History for augmentative
c.1500, from Middle French augmentatif (14c.), from Latin augmentat-, stem of augmentare (see augment).
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