[ des-uh-nuhns ]
/ ˈdɛs ə nəns /
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a termination or ending, as the final line of a verse.
Grammar. a termination, ending, or suffix of a word.
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Origin of desinence
OTHER WORDS FROM desinencedes·i·nent, des·i·nen·tial [des-uh-nen-shuhl], /ˌdɛs əˈnɛn ʃəl/, adjective
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/ (ˈdɛsɪnəns) /
grammar an ending or termination, esp an inflectional ending of a word
Derived forms of desinencedesinent or desinential (ˌdɛsɪˈnɛnʃəl), adjective
Word Origin for desinence
C16: from French désinence, from Latin dēsinēns ending, from dēsinere to leave off, from de- + sinere to leave, permit
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