previous next

SUFFIXES. General licence of

Suffixes were sometimes influenced by the Elizabethan licence of converting one part of speech into another. We should append -ation or -ition, -ure or -ing, to the following words used by Shakespeare as nouns: "solicit," "consult," "expect," &c.; "my depart," 2 Hen. VI. i. 1. 2; 3 Hen. VI. iv. 1. 92, ii. 1. 110; "uncurable discomfort," 2 Hen. VI. v. 2. 86; "make prepare for war," 3 Hen. VI. iv. 1. 131; "a smooth dispose," Othello, i. 3. 403; "his repair," 3 Hen. VI. v. 1. 20; "deep exclaims," Rich. III. i. 2. 52, iv. 4. 135; "his brow's repine," V. and A. 490; "a sweet retire," Hen. V. iv. 3. 86; "false accuse," 2 Hen. VI. iii. 1. 160; "your ladyship's impose," T. G. of V. iv. 3. 8; "the sun's appear," B. and F. F. Sh. v. 1; "from suspect," 2 Hen. VI. iii. 2. 139; "manage," M. of V. iii. 4. 25; "commends," ib. ii. 1. 90; "the boar's annoy," Rich. III. v. 3. 156; "the disclose," Hamlet, iii. 1. 174; "commends," Rich. II. iii. 3. 126.

Almost all of these words come to us through the French.


“O heavenly mingle.

“Immoment toys.” Ib. v. 1. 106.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: