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.
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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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