Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-etic

Forming adjectives and some nouns.

[Greek -etikos or -ētikos.]

For example, cosmetic comes from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmos, order or adornment; antibiotic from anti- plus biōtikos, fit for life, from bios, life; narcotic from narkōtikos, from narkoun, make numb. Others similarly formed include aesthetic, apologetic, ascetic, athletic, diuretic, energetic, pathetic, prophetic, synthetic, and theoretic. Such adjectives often have corresponding nouns in -esis. See also -atic, -itic, -otic, and -ic.

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