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a combining form meaning “making,” “producing,” “causing,” appearing in adjectives borrowed from Latin: frigorific; honorific; pacific; prolific.
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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
Words nearby -fic
fibrous, fibrous root, fibrovascular, fibrovascular bundle, fibula, -fic, FICA, -fication, fiche, Fichte, Fichtean
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How to use -fic in a sentence
The basic premise of the fan fic is that Hanna, Spencer, and Aria are all pregnant.50 Shades of Fall TV: New Girl, Scandal, and More Television Fan Fiction|Amy Zimmerman|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In your fan-fic version, you can add in that blue subway tile.‘50 Shades of Grey,’ a Self-Published E-Book, Is the Future of Publishing|Lizzie Skurnick|March 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A suf-fic-ien-cy of sleep and plain, whole-some fare are strong-ly re-com-mend-ed.Behind the Line|Ralph Henry Barbour
Because anyone really bitter against and through with sci-fic would simply stop reading it, not start deriding it!Futuria Fantasia, Winter 1940|Ray Bradbury
British Dictionary definitions for -fic
suffix forming adjectives
causing, making, or producinghonorific
Word Origin for -fic
from Latin -ficus, from facere to do, make
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