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.

Words nearby -escent

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 of -escent

-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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