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Latin Noun Suffixes

Some endings for nouns

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  • To create a noun denoting act, office, condition, or character, add the suffixes -(t)ium, -monium, -tas, -tus, -(t)ia, -ina to the noun stem.
    Examples:
    1. Iudicium (judgment) from iudic (stem of iudex, judge) + ium.
    2. Matrimonium (whence 'matrimony') from mater 'mother' + -monium.
    3. Virtus (whence 'virtue') from vir 'man' + -tus.
Source: A Manual of Latin Word Formation, by Paul R. Jenks, Boston 1912.

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