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

-atic

Forming adjectives, and some nouns.

[French -atique or Latin -aticus, often based on Greek -atikos.]

Some of the many adjectives in this ending are dramatic (via late Latin from Greek dramatikos); rheumatic (Old French reumatique, or via Latin from Greek rheumatikos); pneumatic (French pneumatique or Latin pneumaticus, from Greek pneumatikos, from pneuma, wind). The ending also appears in adjectives formed from English nouns: operatic, acrobatic, lymphatic.

Some adjectives in -atic have become nouns as well, through a shorthand in which—for example—aquatic plant has been abbreviated to an aquatic, or in geology, an erratic boulder became an erratic, one thought to have been brought from a distance by glacial action. A few are as often nouns as they are adjectives: lunatic, fanatic.

For adjectives in -cratic, see -cracy.

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