Augmentative
Augmentative Aug*ment"a*tive, n. (Gram.) A word which expresses with augmented force the idea or the properties of the term from which it is derived; as, dullard, one very dull. Opposed to {diminutive}. --Gibbs. [1913 Webster]

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  • augmentative — [ôg men′tə tiv΄] adj. 1. augmenting or capable of augmenting 2. Gram. increasing the force of an idea expressed by a word or denoting increased size, intensity, etc. n. an augmentative affix, word, etc. (Ex.: per in perdurable, up in eatup) …   English World dictionary

  • Augmentative — Aug*ment a*tive, a. [Cf. F. augmentatif.] Having the quality or power of augmenting; expressing augmentation. {Aug*ment a*tive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • augmentative — index cumulative (intensifying), supplementary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • augmentative — c.1500, from M.Fr. augmentatif (14c.), from L. augmentat , stem of augmentare (see AUGMENT (Cf. augment)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Augmentative — An augmentative is a suffix or prefix added to a noun in order to convey the sense of greater intensity, often though not primarily indicating a larger size. It is the opposite of a diminutive.Augmentatives in a few languagesIn modern English,… …   Wikipedia

  • augmentative — augmentatively, adv. /awg men teuh tiv/, adj. 1. serving to augment. 2. Gram. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting increased size or intensity. In Spanish the augmentative suffix ón is added to a word (as silla chair ) to indicate… …   Universalium

  • augmentative — ● augmentatif, augmentative adjectif Se dit d un élément qui sert à renforcer le sens des mots (par exemple les préfixes archi , extra , super , sur , le suffixe issime). ● augmentatif, augmentative (synonymes) adjectif Se dit d un élément qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • augmentative — /ɔgˈmɛntətɪv/ (say awg mentuhtiv) adjective 1. serving to augment. 2. Grammar relating to or productive of a form denoting increased size or intensity. In Spanish, ón added to a word indicates increased size (silla, chair ; sillón, armchair );… …   Australian English dictionary

  • augmentative — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. able to augment 2. indicating large size and sometimes awkwardness or unattractiveness used of words and affixes; compare diminutive II. noun Date: 1804 an augmentative word or affix …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • augmentative — aug•ment•a•tive [[t]ɔgˈmɛn tə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) serving to augment 2) gram. Gram. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting increased size or intensity, as the Spanish suffix ón in sillón“armchair,” from silla“chair.” 3) gram. an augmentative …   From formal English to slang

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