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variant of -ous, added to stems of Latin origin, often with corresponding nouns ending in -ity: atrocious; hilarious.
Compare -eous.
Origin of -ious
Middle EnglishLatin -iōsus (see -i-, -ose1) and Latin -ius (masculine singular adj. ending, as in varius) Unabridged
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characterized by or full of: ambitious, religious, suspicious Compare -eous
Word Origin
from Latin -ius and -iōsus full of
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