I vaguely remember the suffix "-titude" is related to a state of a particular action, such as "certitude", which means a state of being sure. But I don't know what this kind of suffix actually is relevant to and how it differs from another suffix "-titute".

  • 1
    BTW, anyone interested in a reverse-alphabetized (i.e, sorted by ending first) word speculum can access this text file (one word per line). The command I used to generate it was $ rev wordlist | sort | rev > speculum.txt. It displays 140 contiguous English words ending -ude, ranging from allude to exude, and 173 ending -ute, ranging from saute to astute. Not all words fit the patterns, of course, but all the words that do are in the sets. Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 17:02

1 Answer 1


-tude : is a common suffix used to form abstract nouns:

  • syllable formed when the word-forming element -ude, making abstract nouns from adjectives and participles, is fixed to a base or to another suffix ending in -t or -te; from French -ude, from Latin -udo (stem -udin-). The equivalent of native -ness. (words ending with -tude)
  • 3
    -ute generally comes from a Latin past participle, and so originally had adjectival meaning, still evident in destitute. But that's not very helpful now, because most of the words have become nouns or verbs, and in modern English have lost their former adjectival senses completely.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 11:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.