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[des-uh-nuh ns] /ˈdɛs ə nəns/
a termination or ending, as the final line of a verse.
Grammar. a termination, ending, or suffix of a word.
Origin of desinence
1590-1600; < French < Medieval Latin dēsinentia, equivalent to Latin dēsinent- (stem of dēsinēns), present participle of dēsinere to put down, leave (dē- de- + sinere to leave) + -ia -ia; see -ence
Related forms
desinent, desinential
[des-uh-nen-shuh l] /ˌdɛs əˈnɛn ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Conservation must, therefore, be the rule, and desinence the impossible exception.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Unquestionably the incomers from Brabant and Flanders, whether as troopers or artisans, gave a great impulse to the desinence.

British Dictionary definitions for desinence


(grammar) an ending or termination, esp an inflectional ending of a word
Derived Forms
desinent, desinential (ˌdɛsɪˈnɛnʃəl) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French désinence, from Latin dēsinēns ending, from dēsinere to leave off, from de- + sinere to leave, permit
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