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a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it expresses the beginning of an action or process; often corresponding to verbs ending in -esce and nouns ending in -escence: convalescent; recrudescent.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of -escent
From Latin, stem of -ēscēns, present participle ending
Words nearby -escent
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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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