Suffixes are placed after words to modify their meanings; like prefixes, they are groups of letters that rarely serve a purpose unless attached to a word. Here is a list of some of them to give you an idea of how to identify suffixes.





capable of

portable, legible


like/related to

cardiac, Nordic


state/quality of being

privacy, legitimacy


full of

gracious, malicious


related to

logical, philosophical


state/quality of being

maintenance, permanence


state/quality of being

freedom, kingdom


person who

mountaineer, writer, counsellor


becoming, to be

adolescent, fluorescent


like/reminiscent of

picturesque, Kafkaesque


to make

magnify, electrify


containing, yielding

vociferous, carboniferous


make, become

civilise, terrorise


having qualities of

hellish, fiendish


doctrine, belief, practice

favouritism, communism


person who

chemist, florist


state/quality of being

ingenuity, oddity



brainless, endless


state/quality of being, result of action, process

enjoyment, embankment, abridgement


state of being

thinness, loneliness



celluloid, ovoid


full of

adipose, verbose



hypnosis, psychosis


full of

illustrious, nauseous


position held

friendship, membership


state/quality of being

torsion, transition


state/quality of being

fortitude, certitude


characterised by

funny, greedy