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

-esis

Nouns of action or process.

[Greek -ēsis.]

Most examples are direct imports into English of Greek words: diaeresis (Greek, separation), a mark placed over a vowel to indicate that it is sounded separately; exegesis (Greek, interpretation, guidance), critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture; genesis (Greek, generation, creation, nativity, horoscope), the origin or mode of formation of something; kinesis (Greek, movement), movement or motion, nemesis (Greek, retribution), retribution; thesis (Greek, a placing, a proposition). Some—such as diuresis and synthesis—have corresponding adjectives in -etic. See also -osis.

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