a combining form of nouns of action or state corresponding to verbs ending in -fy: deification; pacification.

Nearby words

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

Origin of -fication

< Latin -ficātiōn- (stem of -ficātiō) a making, equivalent to -ficā(re) -fy + -tiōn- -tion; in some words replacing Middle English -ficacioun < Anglo-French

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Word Origin and History for -fication


word-forming element meaning "a making or causing," from Latin -ficationem (nominative -ficatio), ultimately from facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

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