1. A suffix used to form verbs from nouns, meaning: a make, produce (pacify; speechify), make into (deify; petrify).

2. Forming verbs from adjectives, meaning 'bring or come into such a state' (Frenchify; solidify).

3. Forming verbs in causative sense (horrify; stupefy).

Origin: from or suggested by French -fier from Latin -ficare, -facere, from facere 'do, make'.

(06 Feb 2009)

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