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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-acious Also -acity.

Inclined to, given to, or having as a capacity.

[Originally and mainly from Latin words in -ax or -ac-, plus -ous.]

Words in -acious are adjectives. Words ending in -acity are corresponding nouns of quality or state (audacity, sagacity).

Examples of words in -acious
All examples derive from Latin.

audacious willing to take risks audax, bold
capacious having a lot of space inside, roomy capax, capac-, capable
efficacious successful in producing a desired result efficax, from efficere, to accomplish
loquacious talkative loquax, from loqui, talk
mendacious not telling the truth mendax, lying, related to mendum, a fault
pertinacious holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action pertinax, holding fast
pugnacious eager or quick to argue or fight pugnax, from pugnare, to fight
rapacious aggressively greedy or grasping rapax, from rapere, to snatch
sagacious showing good judgement sagax, wise
tenacious holding fast to something, not easily giving up tenax, from tenere, to hold
veracious speaking or representing the truth verax, from verus, true
vivacious attractively lively and animated vivax, lively or vigorous, from vivere, to live
voracious wanting or devouring great quantities of food vorax, from vorare, to devour

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