a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it had an inchoative force; often corresponding to verbs in -esce and nouns in -escence: convalescent; recrudescent.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -escent
< Latin, stem of -ēscēns, present participle ending
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British Dictionary definitions for -escent
suffix forming adjectives
beginning to be, do, show, etcconvalescent; luminescent
Derived Forms-escence, suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -escent
via Old French from Latin -ēscent-, stem of present participial suffix of -ēscere, ending of inceptive verbs
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