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a "connective" element in many words formed with Latin or Greek suffixes, now often felt as part of them (as in -iac, -iacal, -ial, -ian, -ify, -ity, etc.). Properly it forms no proper part of the suffix but is often the stem-vowel of the initial word in the Latin compounds (genial from genius), or a modified form of it. As such forms were very common, -i- was used merely connectively or euphonically in some Latin compounds (uniformis) and in later words made from Latin components in English or French (centennial, editorial).
The Greek equivalent is -o-, which also became an active connective in English, but they now are used indifferently with elements from either language.
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Harper, D. (n.d.). Etymology of -ify. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved $(datetime), from https://www.etymonline.com/word/-ify
Harper Douglas, “Etymology of -ify,” Online Etymology Dictionary, accessed $(datetime), https://www.etymonline.com/word/-ify.
Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of -ify.” Online Etymology Dictionary, https://www.etymonline.com/word/-ify. Accessed $(datetimeMla).
D. Harper. “Etymology of -ify.” Online Etymology Dictionary. https://www.etymonline.com/word/-ify (accessed $(datetime)).
updated on September 28, 2015