-fic


a combining form meaning “making,” “producing,” “causing,” appearing in adjectives borrowed from Latin: frigorific; honorific; pacific; prolific.

Nearby words

  1. -favoured,
  2. -fer,
  3. -ferous,
  4. -fest,
  5. -fex,
  6. -fication,
  7. -fid,
  8. -flavin,
  9. -florous,
  10. -fold

Origin of -fic

< Latin -ficus making, producing, equivalent to -fic- (combining form of facere to make) + -us adj. suffix; in some words replacing -fique < Middle French < Latin -ficus

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British Dictionary definitions for -fic

-fic

suffix forming adjectives

causing, making, or producinghonorific

Word Origin for -fic

from Latin -ficus, from facere to do, make

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