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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Definitions for desinence

  1. A termination or ending, as the final line of a verse.
  2. Grammar. A termination, ending, or suffix of a word.

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Citations for desinence
The extreme facility with which the language lends itself to rhyming desinence has a most injurious effect upon versification. There are not verses only, but whole poems, in which each line terminates with the same desinence. Wentworth Webster, Basque Legends
But it will end, a desinence will come, or the breath fail better still, I'll be silence, I'll know I'm silence, no, in the silence you can't know, I'll never know anything. Samuel Beckett, "Texts for Nothing," The Complete Short Prose
Origin of desinence
Like descent, desinence is related to the Latin word dēsinere which meant "to put down or leave."