Definition of Augmentative

1. Adjective. Increasing or having the power to increase especially in size or amount or degree. "`up' is an augmentative word in `hurry up'"

Similar to: Increasing

2. Adjective. Intensifying by augmentation and enhancement.
Exact synonyms: Enhancive
Similar to: Intensifying
Derivative terms: Augment, Augment, Enhance

Definition of Augmentative

1. a. Having the quality or power of augmenting; expressing augmentation.

2. n. A word which expresses with augmented force the idea or the properties of the term from which it is derived; as, dullard, one very dull. Opposed to diminutive.

Definition of Augmentative

1. Adjective. Growing, enlarging, increasing. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) Expressing large size, intensity, or seniority, e.g. Italian ''-issimo'' or ''-one'' ¹

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Definition of Augmentative

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Augmentative

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augmentative (current term)
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Literary usage of Augmentative

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1. The Elements of Rhetoric by James De Mille (1878)
"augmentative. § 143. FIGURES OF GRADATION. THESE include certain forms of ... augmentative FIGURES. Of these we have to consider in the first place ..."

2. A First Spanish Book and Reader by William Frederic Giese (1902)
"Certain endings, augmentative and diminutive, may be affixed to nouns and adjectives, usually with loss of final vowel. Many of these endings convey an ..."

3. The Combined Spanish Method: A Practical and Theoretical System for Learning by Alberto de Tornos (1915)
"augmentative and DIMINUTIVE NOUNS are those derivatives which serve to augment or diminish the signification of their primitives; not only in regard to size ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by William Brown, Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Robert Henley Eden Henley (1819)
"... Lady Coole ought to swear, that she believed the legacy, in the second codicil, was meant to be augmentative, which she had not done : and without it, ..."

5. An Improved French Grammar: Containing a New Method of Discovering the by John B. Ricord Madianna (1812)
"In this example, Melania is compared to Julia, their prudence to their beauty; and the comparison expresses equality. 4. Of the augmentative degree. ..."

6. Italian Grammar by Charles Hall Grandgent (1887)
"augmentative AND DIMINUTIVE ENDINGS. 35. Instead of an adjective the Italians often use a suffix to express size or quality. This suffix may be added to a ..."

7. The History of Mankind by Friedrich Ratzel (1897)
"It also tends to make suffixes ; adjectives, participles usually, pronouns, prepositions, and particles of augmentative and diminutive signification, ..."

8. Italian Grammar by Charles Hall Grandgent (1904)
"augmentative AND DIMINUTIVE ENDINGS. 35. Instead of a word expressing size or quality the Italians often use a suffix. This suffix may be added to a noun, ..."

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