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a suffix originally occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (fictitious); on this model, used with stems of other origin (bumptious).
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Origin of -tious
<Latin -tiōsus, equivalent to -t(us) past participle suffix + -iōsus-ious
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How to use -tious in a sentence
Expedi′tionary; Expedi′tious, characterised by expedition or rapidity: speedy: prompt.
Infec′tious, Infect′ive, having the quality of infecting: corrupting: apt to spread.
Cement′atory, Cementi′tious, having the quality of cementing or uniting firmly.
Detract′ive, Detrac′tious, Detract′ory, tending to detract: derogatory.
"I wish I knew how to be sen-ten-tious," said Barbara, obliviously.John March, Southerner|George W. Cable