a suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing state or condition: jollity; civility; Latinity.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -ity
variant of -itie, Middle English -ite < Old French < Latin -itāt- (stem of -itās); in many words representing Latin -itās directly
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British Dictionary definitions for -ity
suffix forming nouns
indicating state or conditiontechnicality
Word Origin for -ity
from Old French -ite, from Latin -itās
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